Liberal’s departure needs to be a wake-up call: voters’ despair must turn to hope before the system itself becomes obsolete

“The story of my journey is that I am an ordinary person and not someone who hails from the political rich or privileged elite,” said Julia Banks in her first speech to federal parliament in September 2016.

“I am someone who has never worked within the iron fist of the trade union movement and who is not a career politician. I am a daughter of parents who were denied an education but who worked hard with optimism and faith in this country at two, and sometimes three, jobs so they could hope to provide their children with schools of their choice.”

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