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‘Lack of trust and lack of faith’: Independent Zoe Daniel’s stance on the major parties

Neil Mitchell
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Goldstein independent Zoe Daniel says she has “a lack of trust” in one major party, and a “lack of faith” in the other.

Ms Daniel is the favourite to win the seat, with betting odds putting her at $1.35 to incumbent Liberal Tim Wilson’s $3.

The former journalist says she’s “a lifelong swinging voter” and she’s concerned our two-party system is “stuck”.

“I want to get into the centre and try and make a difference as an honest broker between them,” Ms Daniel told Neil Mitchell.

“That’s a reflection of my frustrations with both major parties — a lack of trust in the Liberal Party and a lack of faith in the bravery of the Labor Party.

“I’m quite critical of both of them, to be honest.”

Ms Daniel says Labor has run a weak “small-target strategy for a very long time” and the party looks unwilling to “put anything definitive on the table”.

And she doesn’t trust Scott Morrison.

“I don’t have a lot of trust in the Prime Minister, and neither do a lot of people in my electorate. That’s something that comes up frequently,” she said.

“That’s to do with not only broken promises but also what I would call gaslighting, so saying one thing one week, and then sort of trying to convince people that you didn’t say it, or that’s not what that meant.”

Polls indicating a significant portion of Australians will not vote for a major party, but Ms Daniel says a hung Parliament controlled by independents would not mean chaos.

“I think if you inject some reasonable people — and I aspire to be one of those — to the crossbench, who can collaborate, can talk to both major parties, can actively problem solve and can try to create progress on difficult issues, then that’s a step forward.

“That’s not chaos.”

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Neil Mitchell
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