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Can federal parliament’s new women crossbenchers change politics, or will it change them?
Politics

Can federal parliament’s new women crossbenchers change politics, or will it change them?

When filming an interview with a politician it's not normal for them to describe a hard-to-win part of their electorate as "the Badlands". Or to have them suddenly discuss the merits of their weight-loss surgery. Or to let out an exasperated "shit" and "Jesus Christ" when they misplace their glasses ahead of being sworn in at Parliament House. But then, "normal" in federal politics has changed. Over a period of two months, I followed a group of women crossbenchers who have transformed the political landscape, vanquishing Liberal and Labor frontbenchers, ousting a Senate stalwart. They were all underestimated, much to the peril of the people they replaced. In a political system of talking points and mass-produced party MPs, voters elected these women who are not afraid to speak their mind. ...
If female ‘teal’ independents can shift power in politics, imagine what’s possible beyond the election
Politics

If female ‘teal’ independents can shift power in politics, imagine what’s possible beyond the election

When I was 12, Julia Gillard was the Australian prime minister and Barack Obama was the US President. At my young age, I thought that this image of leadership was normal, standard, nothing out of the ordinary.How wrong I was.Looking back, the political landscape seemed to be finally opening up. That's why it's surprising, and disappointing, that the wins since then have been few and far between.Parliament continues to be dominated by wealthy white men. For a young Asian-Australian woman like me, it is a visual reminder of who holds the power and who does not. I thought this image of leadership — a female prime minister — was normal, standard, nothing out of the ordinary.(AAP: Lukas Coch)But we cannot get lost in pessimism. There is good reason to think this election will be a very differen...