Independent (politician)

Independent (Politician)

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In politics, an independent or non-party politician is an individual not affiliated to any political party. Independents may hold a centrist viewpoint between those of major political parties, a viewpoint more extreme than any major party, or they may have a viewpoint based on issues that they do not feel that any major party addresses. Other independent politicians are associated with a political party and may be former members of it, but choose not to stand under its label. A third category of independents are those who may belong to or support a political party but believe they should not formally represent it and thus be subject to its policies. Finally, some independent candidates may form a political party for the purposes of running for public office.


Independents have rarely been elected to the federal Parliament of Australia, although they are more commonly elected to state parliaments. A large number of independents are former members of one of Australia's main parties, the Australian Labor Party, the Liberal Party of Australia or the National Party of Australia.

Currently, four independents sit in the Australian House of Representatives. Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor from New South Wales and Bob Katter from Queensland are all former members of the National Party. Andrew Wilkie from Tasmania is a former Greens candidate.

Independent Senators are quite rare. In modern politics, former ALP member Brian Harradine was re-elected to the Senate for decades...
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