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New Federal Members

At the last Federal election, the two members for the ACT retired and were replaced by two newcomers. This is the kind of people that we elect here:

Andrew Leigh, the member for Fraser, graduated from the University of Sydney with first class honours in Law and Arts, and obtained a PhD in public policy from Harvard University. He worked as an associate to former High Court Justice Michael Kirby, and was a principal adviser to the Australian Treasury for a time. He has written three books and had his own column in the Financial Review. Before being elected he was a professor of Economics at the Australian National University in Canberra.

Gai Brodtman, the member for Canberra, has a Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University, a Bachelor of Public Relations from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and a Graduate Certificate in Business from Monash University in Melbourne. She worked for some years in the Foreign Affairs and Trade and Attorney-General’s Departments, including a posting to India. For the last ten years she had been running her own public relations firm. She was also a tutor at the University of Canberra. Oh, and she is married to ABC political editor Chris Uhlmann.

In other words, they are hopelessly overqualified.

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