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The power of an independent

Independent MPs Zali Steggall (Warringah), Helen Haines (Indi) and Andrew Wilkie (Clark) have achieved a great deal during their time in parliament, especially Zali who has shown after she defeated Tony Abbott in 2019, an independent can deliver more for their community and our country in parliament. So what is the power of an independent?
  1. An independent can genuinely represent their community in parliament. This is very different from MPs in the major parties who receive a message via a pager telling them how to vote. 
  2. An independent MP is free to introduce new legislation into parliament and isn’t held back by the need to negotiate within a party, to highlight important issues. For example, Independent MP for Indi Helen Haines’ Integrity Bill aims to establish a Federal anti-corruption commission and was supported by MPs from every party, including the Liberal Party. Note the current member for Mackellar, Liberal backbencher Jason Falinski, voted against the creation of a Federal anti-corruption commission
  3. An Independent MP can vote Independently and speak freely on issues that are important to the nation. For example, the advocacy, hard work and public pressure by Independent MP for Warringah Zali Steggall helped to ensure Scott Morrison committed Australia to a 2050 net zero emissions target while also helped pressure the government to end the PEP-11 oil and gas exploration licence, which would have allowed drilling off the coast of the Northern Beaches.