ON TUESDAY 11 May 2021, federal treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, presented to parliament the 2021/2022 budget.
Many political analysts described it as a “cash splash” with a dash to an election by prime minister, Scott Morrison, in the latter half of 2021, now looking very likely.
In this context, Margo Kingston and Peter Clarke meet Linda Seymour, a co-founder of the grass-roots, participatory democracy movement, WE ARE HUGHES, in the federal seat of Hughes, in NSW, currently held by the controversial MP, Craig Kelly, a vocal and inveterate climate change denier and peddler via social media of unorthodox and discredited “cures” for Covid. Kelly recently exiled himself from the Liberal Party room in the federal parliament and now sits as a cross-bencher.
Seymour describes her personal journey as a newly minted political activist, her views on what she calls “a different politics” that involves listening to and interacting with constituents in a way our entrenched “two party” system often precludes, integrity in political representation and how she perceives the chances for electing an independent candidate in Hughes in the next election modelled on the successes of former MP, Cathy McGowan, in the Victorian regional seat of Indi and Zali Steggall in the Sydney seat of Warringah she snatched from former PM, Tony Abbott, in the 2019 federal election.