Independents' day

Election day 2022 began like many before it. The smell of democracy sausages wafted through thousands of Australian primary school playgrounds, and the voters lined up to cast their ballots. But when results began to roll in, it was clear this election was different.  

Moderate Liberals in once safe seats were ejected, replaced by a new alien lifeform in the shape of the so-called ‘teal independents’. The incumbent Coalition government had burned up on re-entry, and Labor’s Anthony Albanese had landed as the new Prime Minister.  

When the cosmic dust settled, the 47th parliament was not only the most culturally diverse parliament ever, but also included 101 women – more than ever before. 

The Wave

David Pope, The Canberra Times,

A Long Six Weeks

Harry Bruce, Townsville Bulletin, The Cairns Post, The Morning Bulletin,

Teal Dawn

Glen Le Lievre, Patreon,

Food for Thought

Fiona Katauskas, The Echidna,

Fresh Air

Megan Herbert, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age,

The Marrickville miracle

David Rowe, The Australian Financial Review,

Tissue Issue

Peter Broelman, The Advertiser,

Not Getting The Bond Back

Jon Kudelka, The Saturday Paper,

Safety in Numbers

Andrew Dyson, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age,

Albo Names His Cabinet

Andrew Weldon, The Big Issue,

Commander Toto

First Dog on the Moon, The Guardian Australia,