If there’s anything you should care about this election, it’s this.
Dr Anne Aly has claimed the West Australian seat of Cowan for Labor, becoming the first muslim woman to be welcomed into the Australian parliament in the process.
And you know what? This historic event is excellent for SO. MANY. REASONS.
Dr Anne Aly with Labor leader Bill Shorten. Source: Facebook.
Aside from somehow managing to be a woman, mother-of-two and Muslim at the same time (gasp!), Aly has also dedicated her professional life to understanding one of society's most misunderstood and marginalised groups.
Working as a researcher and lecturer at Edith Cowan University, Aly specialises in counter terrorism and the de-radicalisation of potential and former terrorists.
She also founded People Against Violent Extremism, an organisation that works with governments and the community in improving safety.
And if there was ever a time that our federal parliament desperately needed an expert voice on those very issues, it's now, when people like Pauline Hanson are climbing back onto their publicly funded soapboxes to spread uneducated fear and hatred.
Dr Anne Aly talks about radicalisation on Q&A. Post continues...
In winning her seat, Aly also managed to knocked off one of the Liberal party's more vocal members.
Running against Luke Simpkins, Aly is set to bring with her a seriousness to the role that the seat's predecessor seemed inexplicably unable to possess.
Because, while Aly spent the past three years conducting meaningful academic research and working with government behind the scenes, Simpkins - despite being a member of it - was working against it, filing leadership spill motions, playing a pivotal role in the eventual ousting an elected leader, and more locally, spreading messages of racism within his electorate.