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The federal election's independent movement mirrors the rise of the Democrats

John Warhurst
By John Warhurst
Updated May 9 2022 - 6:05am, first published April 27 2022 - 7:30pm
The rise of the Independents in this election campaign recalls the rise of the Australian Democrats under the leadership of former Liberal minister Don Chipp. Also pictured are Cathy McGowan, Rebekha Sharkie and Zali Steggall. Pictures: ACM

The rise of the "Teal" independents has been variously characterised. John Howard has condemned them merely as anti-Liberal groupies seeking the downfall of the Coalition. Others have criticised them for only opposing sitting Liberal MPs and not standing in Labor seats. Still others have derided them as wealthy extreme Greens supported by the Climate 200 advocacy group led by Simon Holmes a Court. They are all wrong.

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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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