As major parties squabble, independent voices want to fix Parliament

By Kim Rubenstein
Updated January 1 2022 - 3:32am, first published December 31 2021 - 6:25pm
A toxic culture has seeped into the foundations of the building on Capital Hill. Picture: Shutterstock

As a 15-year-old, in advance of the federal election held on October 18, 1980, my wonderful teacher, Mrs Pat Smith, taught us about our democratic system by running an election within our school, with each year 10 class forming an electorate.