S1E74: Cheryl Kernot
Twelve Summers is the story of those big memories and the big matches that accompanied them, told by one of the funniest writers in Australia.
The first politician I ever interviewed – way back in 1993 – was the former leader of the Australian Democrats, Cheryl Kernot. And I’m delighted she could join us here.
Cheryl was the Democrats’ Senator for Queensland from 1990 to 1997.
She then left The Democrats to join the ALP, where she ran for and won the seat of Dickson in the house of representatives. It was a seat she held until 2001.
I always liked Cheryl’s easy-going manner and it was during her time as leader of the Democrats that you always felt - given the right conditions, they might just challenge one of the major parties.
In this interview, Cheryl discusses the highs and lows of being the third party option, the pressure politics puts on a marriage, suddenly realising you’re famous and how her nine year old grandson requested to go to question time in Canberra for his birthday.
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