Shadow Arts Minister loses seat

After a drawn-out vote count, Heidi Victoria this week formally acknowledged her loss in the Victorian seat of Bayswater, leaving the Shadow Arts portfolio open for a new appointment.

Former MP Heidi Victoria.

The Victorian state election on Saturday 23 November saw a 6.7% swing to Labor and resulted in the loss of a number of seats previously held by the Liberal Party, including several key seats in Melbourne’s wealthy eastern Suburbs.

Among them was the seat of Bayswater, whose sitting member was Heidi Victoria, Victoria’s Shadow Minister for Arts and Culture.

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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