Because simply diversifying the Parliament will not change its toxic culture

Independent newcomers face a steep learning curve with the added pressure of having no one to show them the ropes.

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This is the second part of a three part series that examines what needs to be done to make Parliament a safe place for all. Read the series here.


A record number of women and independents were elected to Parliament, coming from medical, business and legal backgrounds. With no party to lead them, they face a tough battle in learning the ins and outs of parliament and politics, with the added pressure that their presence will contribute to a new and improved parliament with a safer and more respectful culture.

But change will be slow, and expecting an entirely new workplace culture based solely on a diverse workforce is problematic. Here are some of the problems with change and how three independents say they will address it.

Learn more about the challenges facing Parliament’s new independents.

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