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Four ‘teal’ independents say that while campaigning on a similar policy on climate change, they have yet to discuss whether they and fellow urban crossbenchers will act as an electoral bloc in the next parliament.
Calling the Labor Party’s plan to cut emissions by 43% by 2030 “inadequate”, Dr Monique Ryan of Kooyong said independents backed by Climate 200 could have a lot of influence in the next parliament. Labor has yet to form a majority government as several seats are too close to call.
“We [the independents] all thinking along the same lines about innovative ways to help get to net zero by 2050 and accelerate that,” Ryan told the ABC. RN breakfast.
Teal independents supported each other throughout the election campaign in a WhatsApp messaging group, Ryan said. However, they did not say whether they would work together and become an electoral bloc.
“We will have to have discussions with the big parties, we will have to have discussions among ourselves and with the Greens, because I think we are all really focused on pragmatism and on results, and on facilitating change in the areas that are important to us,” said Ryan.
Mackellar’s new representative, Dr Sophie Scamps, said that while independents had worked together in previous parliaments, new cross-benches would sometimes have to vote separately depending on the wishes of their respective constituents.
“We must, as independents, look at every bill that comes before us and assess it on its merits and come back to our own constituents and reflect their views and values,” she said.
Ryan likely overthrew former Liberal treasurer Josh Frydenberg at the Kooyong seat in Melbourne’s east-central, while Scamps beat Liberal Jason Falinski at the Sydney north seat.
Meanwhile, Goldstein’s new MP Zoe Daniel told Seven’s Sunrise that a problem with the two-party system is that the major parties “don’t talk to each other enough”.
“I’m looking to be an honest broker on the bench to bring the major parties together and also to help affect collaboration between independents to try to move forward some of these unsolvable issues that we need to move forward on,” she said. .
New Independent MP for Wentworth, Allegra Spender, said: “How can we be an innovative country? How can we be a productive country? These are going to be issues that I’m really going to address from the cross bench, because I think as a cross bench you can speak with an independent voice and raise issues that neither side wants to do.