As well as resulting in a change in government the 2022 federal election had several unique features. The major parties had the lowest proportion of primary preferences in any election. Independents, many of whom campaigned on climate policy, political integrity and gender diversity won seats including in traditional liberal electorates. Many of the independents are female, with the highest proportion of women ever in the House of Representatives
These features suggest disenchantment with major parties and with their policies. The results also suggest that Australian citizens are engaged in our democracy and are prepared to elect candidates that engage with their communities. So, what can citizens learn from this election to ensure our government reflects our communities and their needs?
The Newcastle Institute’s September event (13th September 6.00pm- 7.30 pm) will discuss the lessons from the 2022 Federal election for Australian citizens. Facilitated by Cheryl Kernot, former Leader of the Australian Democrats and Labor member for Dickson, a panel of experts will provide critical analysis of the ‘22 election and lessons for communities. The panel includes:
- Professor Frank Bongiorno, Professor of History at ANU
- Professor Chris Wallace from School of Politics Economics & Society, University of Canberra
- Bill Browne, Director of the Democracy & Accountability Program from the Australia Institute
While the major parties need to heed the lessons of the 22 federal election citizens also need to understand their role to ensure the government they elect has the policy settings and courage to address the major challenges facing Australia over the next decades. Our panellists will unpick these lessons and discuss lessons for future elections.
When: 13th September 6.00pm- 7.30 pm
Where: South Leagues Club Llewellyn St Merewether