By Daniel Lang - Managing Director
Picture credit: Wall Media
She's witty, intelligent and just charming enough that you like her rather than suspect she's turning on a switch in order to hoodwink you, but could Jane Caro be the person to step into the fray in the safe Liberal seat of Warringah and oust a former prime minister?
What started out as a self-described "flippant tweet" has fast been thrust into the political spotlight by the rabid fervour of a people desperate to find real and genuine representation in a climate fraught with climate change skeptics and hard-right conservatives desperate to reassure us that it's ok to be white.
Caro, perhaps best known for her many television appearances says she feels a duty to step in and do what she can in the face of said climate deniers and it's both refreshing and exciting to see the first few ebbs of what could be a new wave of progressive, socially aware candidates streaming forth in a direct response to an increasingly draconian conservative base on the far, far right of the current political landscape.
If indeed Jane Caro represents the beginning of a trend of socially conscience, progressive independent candidates rising up to challenge the status quo in safe right-wing seats, those of us who wish to see the introduction of policies with a framework in social equality, responsibility and protecting the weakest and most vulnerable in our society have much to look forward to.
Climate change and sustainable living practices aside, Caro also listed public schools and education overall as major platform points on which she is passionate. A nod to both public broadcasting nationally and public transport in a more Warringah-centric local stance are also both encouraging.
Candidates and indeed members who seek to bolster and strengthen a resolute public broadcaster like the ABC should be roundly applauded and will, undoubtedly, be thanked many times over down the line as we continue to enjoy a robust and non-commercial content creator.
To cut a long story short, Jane Caro might be the first of many seemingly perfect candidates for a socially progressive base, and she might not be, but the opportunity we have to sit and watch how her campaign may unfold can hardly be undersold.
The people of Warringah, for so long tired of being forgotten by Tony Abbott, could be forgiven for falling in love with a local. She may live one electorate next door these days, but Caro is hard-core peninsula through and through and will likely have the best interests of locals at heart while Abbott continues to skulk around Canberra settling old scores and cleaning his impressive set of knives after heaving them from the backs of those who have dared crossed him.