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"They've been labelled the "teal independents" — a group of mostly female candidates taking on mostly male Liberal MPs in some of Australia's wealthiest electorates, spanning the country from Perth and Adelaide to Sydney, Melbourne and parts of regional Victoria.

With millions of dollars in funding behind them from small donors and from the Climate 200 group set up by clean energy investor and son of Australia's first billionaire Simon Holmes à Court, their campaigns are making many in the Liberal Party nervous, with polls suggesting a close-run election.

So who are the "teal independents", where are they standing for election, and if a handful of them are successful, what will their impact be on which party can form government after May 21?"

 

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According to Green, the term "teal independents" is a little misleading. North Sydney independent candidate Kylea Tink's placards and website aren't teal at all, for example, they're pink."

By Sam Hawley and Stephen Smiley

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