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Fear and recalcitrance the only possible explanations for our unrepresentative Parliament

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18.01.2019

If we are to accept the fiction that all our parliamentarians are all preselected on merit, it follows that white men of socially privileged background are overwhelmingly more meritorious than others.

So meritorious, in fact, that in the last 30 years they have increased their lead on the rest of the population, inching their collective buttocks even more firmly onto the seat of power. So to speak.

MPs pose for a picture in the House of Representatives.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

There is another, more plausible explanation: that a new Per Capital report which shows that Parliament does not reflect Australia's true cultural diversity, is evidence of the increasing divide between our elected MPs and the rest of us.

The research shows our parliamentarians moving further and further away from........

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