Thursday, September 29

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