Independent MP Helen Haines’s bill will likely not pass without the government’s support, but it proposes a robust body with suitable accountability mechanisms. It’s worth serious consideration.
MPs Tim Watts, Fiona Martin, Clare O'Neil and Helen Haines discuss serving their electorates during the coronavirus crisis.
Michelle Grattan discusses how the coronavirus is affecting a range of MPs abilities to serve their constituents, operate their offices, and partake in parliament.
Helen Haines (centre-right) made history at the election as the first federal independent to succeed another independent.
Independent MP Helen Haines on using ‘soft power’
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Helen Haines, who does not have the real legislative power her predecessor, Cathy McGowan shared after the Coalition fell into minority government, says "building relationships is key to getting things done".
GetUp! protesters outside the second leaders’ debate in Adelaide earlier this month.
GetUp has notched many political victories since launching in 2005. Now, independents and conservatives are trying to replicate its approach to grassroots political participation.