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 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