Coalition fails to deliver arts policy

Labor and Greens presented their election platforms at this week's National Debate but Arts Minister Mitch Fifield ducked and wove.
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L-R: Mitch Fifield, Adam Bandt, Mark Dreyfus and Patricia Karvelas. Photo by Esther Anatolitis. 

Minister for the Arts Mitch Fifield, Shadow Minister for the Arts Mark Dreyfus, and Greens arts spokesperson Adam Bandt faced a wide-ranging series of questions from sector representatives at the National Arts Election Debate, held at Melbourne’s Wheeler Centre on Wednesday.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts