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The new teal: Aussie women and greens send conservatives packing

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The new teal: Aussie women and greens send conservatives packing

Known for its branding’s colour, centrist alliance shows Australians want accountability and action on climate change

Kirsty Needham

Professional women and voters concerned about climate change unleashed a third force in Australia’s election, taking a swath of seats that ended nine years of conservative rule, even as votes for the winning Labour Party fell.

Women who left successful careers in business, medicine and media to enter politics as independents were on track to win five seats from prime minister Scott Morrison’s Liberal Party in its affluent urban heartland in Saturday’s general election, as moderate voters abandoned the government.

Personifying the disruptive change were centrists, mostly women, dubbed “teal” candidates because of teal-coloured marketing material used as they targeted seats held by Morrison’s conservative party...

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