Radio and tv journalist Zoe Daniel has defeated the sitting Liberal member Tim Wilson in Victoria.
Amidst a landslide vote for Independent candidates across Australia, Zoe Daniel swept to victory in the seat of Goldstein.
With 70% of votes counted, the ABC journalist had a clear lead with 53% of votes and an 11% swing against the Liberal Party incumbent.
Zoe Daniel has been an ABC journalist and foreign correspondent for decades.
Moving from journalism to politics, Zoe Daniel’s message resonated with her intended career change: “It’s time to stop being an observer… I’ve found my voice”
She joined a wave of independents who unseated many Liberals from their seats.
In Zoe Daniel’s profile she describes herself as “a mum, wife, journalist, and foreign correspondent.”
She lives in the Melbourne suburb of Hampton with my husband, 2 teenagers and their dog Tully.
“In nearly 30 years of reporting, I’ve covered natural disasters, conflict, economics and politics, and all manner of news around the world. I’ve seen first-hand the impact of climate change in the Arctic, and I’ve covered floods, typhoons, and bushfires across four continents, including Australia,” said Daniel in her pitch to voters.
“I’ve been a rural and regional journalist, a business and finance reporter, and a foreign affairs specialist, interviewing and interacting with prime ministers, treasurers and some of Australia’s top CEOs and small businesspeople.
“I have waited, like many, for our governments to develop costed and structured strategies to safeguard our community and economy, to innovate and to embrace the immense business and job opportunities that a renewable climate economy presents. In short, to lead.”
“I never set out to be a politician, but I now believe that electing an independent is the only way to achieve [the goals],” she said.