Key crossbench independent MPs may hold more power than ever after the federal election. Join them in our online roundtable debate.
The role regional independent MPs might play in determining which party forms government following this month’s federal election will be front and center of a discussion among key crossbenchers on Monday May 9 at 8pm AEST.
Independent MPs Bob Katter, Rebekha Sharkie and Helen Haines will face off in the debate, run in conjunction with The Weekly Times and the National Farmers’ Federation.
Labor shortages, the rising cost of living, foreign ownership and water reform are expected to among the wide range of topics addressed during the discussion.
Bob Katter has been the MP for the federal Queensland of Kennedy for 30 years, having made the switch from state to federal politics.
He famously flawed from the Nationals in 2001 to sit as an independent.
Rebekha Sharkie was elected the federal MP for the South Australian electorate of Mayo at the 2016 federal election, where as a member of the Nick Xenophon team she ended the Liberals’ 22-year hold on the seat.
Helen Haines was elected as the independent MP for the Victorian North East seat of Indi at the 2019 election, succeeding Cathy McGowan who snatched the eleven blue-ribbon seat from the Liberals in 2013.
The debate will be hosted by The Weekly Times’ political reporter Alex Sinnott.
Originally published as Potential independent MP kingmakers who could help decide the federal election result