A big story from a small town.
Gabrielle Chan has been a journalist for more than 30 years. She
has been a political journalist and politics live blogger at
Guardian Australia since 2013. Prior to that shw worked at The
Australian, ABC radio, The Daily Telegraph, in local newspapers and
politics. Gabrielle has written and edited history books,
biographies and even a recipe book.
The daughter of a Singaporean migrant, Gabrielle moved from the Canberra press gallery to marry a sheep and wheat farmer in 1996 - the year Pauline Hanson was first elected to federal parliament. She noticed the economic and cultural divide between the city and the country, the differences in political culture and yawning gap between the parliament and small town life.
So in September 2017, she swapped interviews with politicians with interviews with ordinary people on her main street to discover why they think politics has moved so far from their lives. The result is Rusted Off- Why country Australia is fed up. In the process, Gabrielle draws conclusions about the current state of our rural political representation, the gap between city and country and how to bridge it.