What makes a good politician? As a nation, we’re obviously still in some debate about the specifics, but there are some personal traits that any politician needs to have before anyone takes any notice of them. Could it be that there is something all of us could learn from our vibrantly diverse competing pollies? Could there be more to the rise in independents popularity than a distrust in the major parties? In particular, could our adolescence, most of whom can't yet vote, use this election not to focus on the specific words and actions of Malcolm vs Bill but rather look across the spectrum as to how all candidates promote themselves? Could they learn some ways to make themselves their first preference?
In a word - yes.
But what is it these people, regardless of their number of votes, all have in abundance? What is it that gets them on to the public platform and earns them pause in our scrolling? What are the personal traits adolescents can look to learn?