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Rise of teal independents upsets Australian political orthodoxy

New breed of candidates have galvanized middle-class voters

| Australia
Prime Minister Scott Morrison addresses the media at Parliament House on April 10: The threat the teal independents pose to the government's reelection chances is real.   © Getty Images

Political historian Chris Wallace is an associate professor at the University of Canberra.

Australian politics is usually conducted in primary colors: blue for Prime Minister Scott Morrison's ruling coalition and red for the opposition Labor party.

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