The Guardian: Teal independents: who are they and how did they upend Australia’s election?, 23rd May 2022

The Guardian: Teal independents: who are they and how did they upend Australia’s election?, 23rd May 2022

What does historic move of voters away from the two major parties mean for the future of Australian politics?

There was a historic move of voters away from the two major parties in Saturday’s Australian election, and towards independent and Greens candidates who campaigned primarily on a stronger response to the climate crisis. So who are these new MPs, and what do they mean for Australian politics as the new Labor government under Anthony Albanese takes power?

Who are the Teal Independents?

Independent candidates who ran on a strong climate platform in formerly safe Liberal party seats have been labelled the “teal” candidates, because they represent a voting base with conservative fiscal politics – blue is the traditional colour of the centre-right Liberal party – combined with green views on climate…

In Melbourne, Monique Ryan, another doctor, won the similarly blue-blood seat of Kooyong from the now former treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, who would have been the favourite to lead the Liberal party following its national defeat had he held the seat. Zoe Daniels, a former journalist with the ABC, won the bayside seat of Goldstein from the prominent backbencher Tim Wilson…

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