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A raft of 'giant killer' Independents have delivered a massive blow to the Liberal party after kicking out several frontbenchers from seats that were considered to be safe.
Numerous 'teal' independents steamrolled their way to victory on Saturday night, unseating Liberal MPs from electorates that had been blue-ribbon for decades.
Most of the Independents were female and most of them displaced a male Liberal candidate.
Former high-profile conservative Julie Bishop told Nine News the 'teal bath', as labelled by Former Liberal Party member Tony Barry, happened because female Liberal voters didn't see their concerns reflected by the Liberal party.
Dr Monique Ryan
Monique Ryan is on track to beat incumbent treasurer Josh Frydenberg for the seat of Kooyong in Melbourne earning her the title 'giant killer' by ABC News anchors
Monique Ryan is on track to beat incumbent treasurer Josh Frydenberg for the seat of Kooyong in Melbourne earning her the title 'giant killer' by ABC News anchors.
Mr Frydenberg has yet to concede defeat with thousands of postal votes still to be counted, though the electorate is expected to be called in Dr Ryan's favour.
'We felt that the government wasn't listening to us, and so we have changed the government,' Dr Ryan said.
'We have come together as a community and expressed what we want, and I think that this is going to be a permanent sort of a change, not just a protest against one thing.'
Allegra Spender beat Liberal MP Dave Sharma for the seat of Wentworth in Sydney
Allegra Spender beat Liberal MP Dave Sharma for the seat of Wentworth in Sydney.
The seat was considered to be safe for Liberals until prime minister Malcolm Turnbull resigned and Independent Kerryn Phelps took it for her own in 2018.
Mr Sharma managed to take back the electorate in the general election in 2019 before it was stolen from him on Saturday night.
'You look at the values of this community. We are socially progressive, we are environmentally focused,' Ms Spender said.
'They were not reflected in the parliament, and were not reflected in the Liberal Party, which has moved to the right.
'And this is about coming back to the values of the community, to be honest and actually represent them.'
Ms Spender is the daughter of former Liberal MP John Spender and fashion designer Carla Zampatti.
'It's saying in a positive, in a very constructive way, that we want the parliament to represent our community in its fullest terms,' she said.
'We want the parliament to be the best of us, to work with everyone,