16 December 2021, The Conversation, Grattan on Friday: Pesky female independent candidates are the PM’s latest ‘women problem’. Scott Morrison and his government enter the new year with a fresh iteration of the “women problem”. This is the multiple high-profile female independents contesting a number of Liberal seats. It’s not that the next parliament is likely to see a big influx of new lower house crossbenchers. ABC election analyst Antony Green points out that, to win, independents in these seats would need a 25-30% primary vote and to push the Liberal vote down to about 45%. One of these aspirants may succeed, two if they were extremely lucky. Perhaps the drive will end up nothing more than colour and movement. But however it goes, their challenges bring serious campaign trouble for Morrison. Strong female candidates casting themselves as representatives, or “voices”, of their communities are standing in North Sydney, Mackellar, Wentworth, Hughes and Hume in NSW, and in Goldstein, Kooyong and Flinders in Victoria. Their priorities include climate change, integrity and women’s issues. Read more here.