7 April 2022
Independents’ movement: the candidates, the government response and the state of play
As the Federal election approaches, Margo Kingston will discuss issues on the ground, differences amongst the Independent candidates and what their presence suggests about the nature and future of national politics.
About Margo Kingston
Margo began her working life as a lawyer before joining the Courier Mail in Brisbane. She covered the Fitzgerald Royal Commission for the Times on Sunday’s Brisbane bureau then worked in the Canberra Press Gallery for the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and the Canberra Times and in Sydney for a year as Jana Wendt’s political researcher on A Current Affair. During a stint as Chief of Staff at the SMH Canberra bureau she created and edited the mainstream media’s first interactive blog, Webdiary, and edited the site full time from 2001 to 2005, when she took Webdiary independent and retired with serious back problems late that year.
She has written two books, Off the Rails: The Pauline Hanson Trip (1999, 2nd edition 2001) and Not Happy John: Defending our Democracy (2004, 2nd edition 2007).
Margo joined Twitter in 2012 and now edits the citizen journalism website No Fibs, which covered the historic Cathy McGowan campaign for Indi in 2013. In 2019 No Fibs covered #IndependentsDay candidates standing in safe coalition seats and is again covering the #IndependentsDay movement for the upcoming election.