Independent politicians, particularly women, are becoming a strong voice against the ineptitude of our Federal Government, writes Professor Kerryn Phelps. OVER THE WEEKEND, we saw the launch of campaigns for two strong Independent women, Zoe Daniel in Goldstein and Allegra Spender in Wentworth. Recent weeks have seen launches for Penny
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Wentworth campaign: Allegra Spender says Dave Sharma needs to ‘get out of the way’ after climate failures
The independent candidate for the seat of Wentworth in Sydney’s east, Allegra Spender, has launched her campaign to take the blue ribbon Liberal seat with a message that action on the climate crisis is an economic as well as an environmental imperative. Speaking to to a crowd of more than
Religious discrimination laws and protection for gay students and teachers are set to be flashpoints in the contest between progressive independents and Liberal moderates in inner-city seats. Already facing challenges from independents campaigning on climate change, Liberal moderates such as Dave Sharma in Wentworth and Trent Zimmerman in North Sydney
In ‘one of the most consequential seats of the next election’, movers and shakers are changing the shape of politics by launching an independent.
Climate change denialists have set up intellectual camp in that small space between doubt and certainty that doesn’t ever quite touch either. In that narrowing space, they assert an absolute dualism between certainty and falsehood and turn the great truth-seeking weapons of the 20th century — the scientific method and the
Coalition’s religious discrimination bill: are protections for minorities being sacrificed for faith?
After almost two years of consultation the Coalition has released a new draft of its religious discrimination legislation. While some of the hardest edges have been knocked off, Liberal moderates and equality advocates remain concerned it could water down protections for minority groups. So what’s in and what’s out of
This story is part one in a series. For the full series go here. Scott Morrison’s prime ministership represents a paradigm shift in Australian politics, and it’s a shift that has been discombobulating for journalists, commentators and others in the political sphere. Morrison is surely the first resident of the Lodge
Attorney-General Michaelia Cash has succeeded where her predecessor Christian Porter failed. Today she will take her twice-revised religious discrimination bill to the government party room for approval. Senator Cash is confident she has walked the fine line between guaranteeing the freedom of religious believers to discriminate in their beliefs against
Notable ABC figures have thrown their weight behind chair Ita Buttrose’s stinging condemnation of a new Senate Inquiry engineered by controversial Liberal Senator Andrew Bragg. Former 7.30 host Quentin Dempster said the Senate inquiry, which apparently has the backing of the Prime Minister, was part of a “smear campaign”, while