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The Sustainability Summit also heard from “teal independent” Federal MPs Zali Steggall, Allegra Spender, Kylea Tink and Dr Sophie Scamps, who swept into Parliament in March on a platform of climate action and government integrity.

North Sydney MP Kylea Tink said the emergence of the “teals” had caused a “fundamental shift” in the political debate.

“I find it fascinating that more often than not, the headlines are saying what the crossbench is doing to hold the government to account - not the opposition,” she said.

“It’s been fascinating. I feel almost like we’ve been used like a focus group by the government. They develop draft legislation, and then they bring it to us to kind of go, what do you think?”

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