Pollies promise arts support as Tasmania prepares for the polls

The Liberal Government, the Labor Opposition and the Greens are all wooing the Tasmanian arts sector in the lead up to Saturday’s state election.

Image: In Her Footsteps (presented as part of the Parenthesis season in 2008) by Launceston-based company Tasdance. . Photo credit: Kieran Bradley.

With the Tasmanian state election taking place this Saturday 3 March, the established political parties are wooing the support of arts sector voters with a range of election promises.

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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