People tell me I should go into politics, but looking at what happens in Canberra, the idea makes me feel sick | Amy Thunig for IndigenousX

People tell me I should go into politics, but looking at what happens in Canberra, the idea makes me feel sick | Amy Thunig for IndigenousX

The Guardian

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We need politicians to better reflect the communities they claim to represent, but how do we protect the people we want to send in to be that change?

Growing up I often had people telling me I should go into politics. The further I have moved into my academic career, the more common these comments have become. Sometimes they come from strangers after I present on a panel, but more often from family and friends who are so fed up with what we are seeing in Australian politics that they would just welcome someone who would be willing to fight the status quo.

I appreciate their belief in me, and I am a fierce advocate for disrupting these systems, but if I am honest, even aside from the Indigenous-specific considerations of such a move, the idea of entering politics formally leaves me feeling sick.

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