Politics With Michelle Grattan: Fatima Payman On The Challenges And Opportunities Of Being A Crossbencher

Author: Michelle Grattan

(MENAFN- The Conversation) Western Australian Senator Fatima Payman quit labor after defying the party's“solidarity” rule. Her action, spurred by the Gaza issue, has intensified Labor fears about the possible impact of the Muslim vote in some of its safe seats at the election.

The now-independent senator joined the podcast to discuss her decision, the challenges of regrouping as a crossbencher, and the impact of the Muslim vote.

Payman is bluntly against Muslims forming their own party:

In her position on Palestine, Payman insists she was following Labor's platform:

On how she'll vote on other issues, Payman styles herself as an independent voice for West Australians:

On her identity, personal and public, she says:

Asked what message she would give the local Jewish community, Payman says:

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