Key independent MPs may have more power than ever after federal elections. Join them in our online discussion roundtable.
The role that independent regional MPs could play in determining which party will form the government after this month’s federal elections will be the focus of a discussion between key cross-party lawmakers on Monday 9 May at 8pm AEST.
Independent MPs Bob Katter, Rebekha Sharkie and Helen Haines will face off in the debate, held in conjunction with The Weekly Times and the National Farmers Federation.
Labor shortages, rising cost of living, foreign ownership and water reform are expected to be among the wide range of topics covered during the discussion.
Bob Katter has been MP for Kennedy’s federal Queensland for 30 years, having made the switch from state to federal politics.
He famously defected from the Nationals in 2001 to sit out as an independent.
Rebekha Sharkie was elected MP for the Mayo electorate in South Australia in the 2016 federal election where, as a member of Nick Xenophon’s team, she ended the Liberals’ 22 years in the seat.
Helen Haines was elected as an Independent MP for Indi’s North East Victorian seat in the 2019 election, replacing Cathy McGowan who snatched the once Blue Ribbon seat from the Liberals in 2013.
The debate will be anchored by The Weekly Times political reporter Alex Sinnott.
Originally published as Potential Independent Parliamentary Leaders Who Could Help Decide the Outcome of Federal Elections