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The votes are in the centre. It's not rocket science

Amanda Vanstone
By Amanda Vanstone
May 25 2022 - 7:30pm
It turns out that to have a shot at winning a seat in Parliament from a major party you need a credible candidate and some backing. Who knew? Picture: AAP

When Janine Haines, the then leader of the Australian Democrats, left the Senate to stand for the marginal lower house seat of Kingston, I thought she was crazy. If both of the major parties think they can win a seat, they are not going to run dead and let an independent have a chance.

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Amanda Vanstone

Amanda Vanstone is a former senator for South Australia, a former Howard government minister, and a former ambassador to Italy. She hosts Counterpoint on ABC Radio National and writes fortnightly for ACM.