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Diversity brings much-needed lived experience into politics: Senator Mehreen Faruqi

I have been standing on the sidelines watching the debate over the next Labor candidate for the Western Sydney seat of Fowler, one of the most multicultural electorates in the country. I can’t anymore. As one of the very few first-generation migrants and women of colour in the federal parliament, I’ve been a loud and proud voice for diversity. The issue of diversity, or lack thereof, in parliaments across Australia transcends ideology and party affiliation. One of the reasons I put my hand up for federal politics was because I saw our political class’s sameness – the white, the…