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2022 election: Potential independent MPs who could decide the outcome join the Weekly Times and NFF debate


Key independent MPs may have more power than ever after the federal election. Join them in our online roundtable debate.

The role of regional independent lawmakers in determining which party will form the government after this month’s federal election will be the main and focus of discussion among key voters on Monday, May 9 at 8 p.m.

Independent MPs Bob Cutter, Rebecca Sharkey and Helen Haynes will meet in a debate participating in 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 to be addressed during the discussion.

Bob Cutter has been an MP from Queensland Federal Kennedy for 30 years, moving from public policy to federal.

In 2001, he left the national team and became independent.

Rebecca Sharkey was elected a federal MP from the South Australian electorate of Mayo in the 2016 federal election, where as a member of Nick Xenophon’s team she ended a 22-year hold of the Liberals in office.

In the 2019 election, Helen Haynes was elected an independent MP from the Victorian state of Northeast India in the 2019 election, replacing Katie McGowan, who once took the seat with the blue ribbon from the Liberals in 2013.

The weekly political reporter Alex Sinot is leading the debate.

Originally published as Potential independent MP leaders who could help determine the outcome of the federal election


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