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The challenge facing independents in our political system

John Warhurst
By John Warhurst
September 8 2021 - 7:25pm
Professor Kim Rubenstein is running for an ACT Senate seat at the next federal election. Picture: Keegan Carroll

Australian politics is dominated by political parties. Depending on how you look at it, we have either a two-party system, Liberal versus Labor, or a four-party system, with the Liberal and Nationals in coalition versus Labor and the Greens. The Prime Minister and the eight premiers/chief ministers are all either Liberal or Labor, and our parliaments are full of party representatives. The easiest way to enter Parliament is by running as a candidate of a political party. Yet there are significant number of independent representatives emerging at both the federal and state level.

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John Warhurst

John Warhurst

Canberra Times columnist

John Warhurst is an emeritus professor of political science at the Australian National University and a regular columnist for The Canberra Times.

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