Sector celebrates Labor win

Peak bodies welcome the new Labor government and the many Greens and Independents who were also elected on Saturday.

The Australian arts sector has celebrated the results of Saturday’s landmark election, in which the Morrison Government was ousted and a range of Labor, Greens and Independent candidates swept to power across the nation.

Labor leader Anthony Albanese was sworn in as Australia’s 31st Prime Minister on Monday.

The National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) was among numerous arts organisations to congratulate Prime Minister Albanese and his team – as well as the many successful Greens and Independent candidates who won seats at Saturday’s Federal election.

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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