You only had to hear Kylea Tink to get a sense that conventional political thinking is the last thing on her mind.
After a journalist quoted the Greens saying the "fight" was just beginning to force the government to be more ambitious, she argued that was the wrong approach.
Tink said it should be the "planning" that starts now and that politicians across the political aisle needed to work together, rather than fight.
She also was quick to "reframe" a question being put to the crossbenchers.
"The comment you just made was that the government doesn't need my vote as a crossbencher to get this legislation through," Tink said.
"That may be the case but any government that seeks to lead the nation needs to take its people with it.
"What we've seen here is a government that recognises that just because you don't sit on a side on the government's side doesn't mean that your community's voice doesn't matter.
"If I wasn't an independent, it wouldn't have been heard."
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