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 OAM is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, a Melbourne Fringe Festival Living Legend, and was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize in 2020. In 2021 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Green Room Awards Association. Most recently, Richard received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in June 2024. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts