In our preferential system, all votes are worth the same until preferences are exhausted. That’s why no vote is a wasted one. I have a desire to overcome the tribal gridlock that the party system has put us through. I’d argue that’s exactly the opposite of a wasted vote.

I did not run in 2022 to “form government”. I ran to be a true representative for Bradfield.

Our major parties will be here for some time to come, and one side or the other will form government for the next few federal elections at least. But it is likely that will only be with the agreement of smaller parties and independents on the crossbench, if not in 2022, then in subsequent elections. The days of outright overwhelming majorities are gone and as voters show they want politics done differently.