The incoming federal parliament will include double the number of Asian Australian MPs and a clear majority of female senators, making it a better reflection of modern Australian society than recent parliaments.
Diversity advocates have pointed to the success of several non-white, multilingual candidates in competitive seats at Saturday’s federal election as evidence it was in political parties’ self-interest to run a more diverse slate of candidates in future elections.
Women are expected to fill approximately 57 per cent of Senate spots and about 38 per cent of House of Representatives members in the new parliament, including a wave of first-time female independents in Sydney and Melbourne.
Based on the latest results, there will be 13 members of parliament from non-Indigenous, non-European backgrounds, up from nine in the previous parliament. Ten of those 13 are women.
Three new Indigenous MPs are entering Parliament, taking to total number of Indigenous parliamentarians to an all-time high of 10.
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