Westbury on why artists’ votes matter in this election

CPD fellow Marcus Westbury writes a regular column about Australian cultural policy for The Age. This week, he notes that an unusual situation has arisen in the marginal seat of Melbourne this election: artists are a key constituency.

“While the national media focuses on the dog fights and dog whistles, the battle between Gillard and Abbott in the outer suburbs and the haunting spectre of Kevin Rudd, there’s an interesting side story being played out in the inner city. In at least one seat there’s another group of swinging voters firmly in the latte belt end of the mortgage belt. If the pollsters and pundits are correct, the once-safe Labor seat of Melbourne will go down to the wire between Labor’s newly appointed candidate, Cath Bowtell, and the Greens’ Adam Bandt.”

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