It was a chilly day outside in Melbourne for the election arts debate, but it was an even cooler reception inside for the current Arts Minister, Mitch Fifield.

It was a packed house of people from a variety of areas of the arts at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne's CBD on Wednesday to hear Fifield debate his Labor counterpart in the arts portfolio, Mark Dreyfus, and Greens arts spokesperson Adam Bandt. So packed that the centre was live streaming the event online and broadcasting it to the poor souls who braved the actual cold out in Federation Square.