parachute candidates

When Scott Morrison unveiled Indigenous politician Warren Mundine as his captain’s pick to run in the marginal NSW seat of Gilmore, it angered many local branch members, including preselected candidate Grant Schultz, who quit to run as an independent. Mundine has never lived in Gilmore, on the South Coast of NSW, but referred to the area as his “ancestral home”.

Mundine’s candidacy in a seat where he doesn’t live is hardly new. Australian politics is filled with instances of high-profile candidates being parachuted into seats to which they often have little connection.