The impact of independents on Australian democracy

ABC Radio National

By Geraldine Doogue on Saturday extra

Once pioneering suffragettes like Vida Goldstein, independents have a long history of challenging the political status quo in Australia. As trust in government wanes and the major parties remain stagnant on issues at the forefront of the national psyche, will there be a bigger push towards politicians promising voters something different, and can independents actually deliver on these promises?


Carolyn Hendriks, Professor of Public Policy and Governance at Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University.

Jennifer Curtin, Professor of Politics and Director of the Public Policy Institute at the University of Auckland whose research focuses on Australian and New Zealand electoral politics, trans-Tasman policy innovations, sport, and gender, policy and political leadership.

Duration: 12min 40sec

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