Independents' day: why safe Coalition seats are facing grassroots challenges

Inspired by the success of Helen Haines and Zali Steggall, a new generation of independents are sizing up Liberal and National MPs

Australia’s independent movement is gaining traction. Inspired by the success of Warringah’s Zali Steggall and Indi’s Helen Haines in 2019, the next federal election could see up to a dozen safe Coalition seats facing serious, well-organised challenges.

The motivations vary: the lack of action on climate change, the tenor of modern politics, mining being put ahead of farming, or simply the calibre of the local member who’s kept a safe seat warm for years.

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Source: theguardian
Independents' day: why safe Coalition seats are facing grassroots challenges