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    Whats it like being a politician?

    Anyone here running for MP or heard any opinions from those who have? My interests in politics have piqued

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    Re: Whats it like being a politician?

    Not sure man, best thing you could do is align with one of the major parties (if you dont want the hassle) and start off in your local branch, by debating policy and hearing others ideas. Seems boring at first but i assure you about 80% of politicians and policy makers started off this way.

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    Re: Whats it like being a politician?

    Also interested in politics and I'm choosing UAC preferences for Uni 2017 at the moment. Do you have any updates on what you've done with this interest?And if you're at uni, what are you doing? Would be nice to hear
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    Re: Whats it like being a politician?

    I know this is an old post, but I wouldnt say there is any specific degree needed for politics. Law and Political Science are probably the most relevant, but I dont think they are necessary. Im not too sure regarding the specifics of entering politics (i.e. dealing with the AEC etc), but politics is all about who you know. If you dont know someone influential who can shortcut you in, then the best way is to join a major party and get involved with the local branch (as mentioned above). It is pretty boring at first, but it's all about meeting people and making an impression. That could lead to many opportunities, maybe as a staffer to a politician or being an organiser. As I said, it's all about building connections and moving upward.

    Going into it as an independent is much more onerous. If you are interested in the lower house in particular, you will struggle as most people tend to vote major parties. Independents have more luck in niche electorates (the bush, inner city etc). You also need a lot more name recognition, which is difficult to obtain.
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    Re: Whats it like being a politician?

    I have a few friends who ran, only one made it as an MP though and he's doing well. Get involved in relevant 'societies' for young members with respective party early.

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    Re: Whats it like being a politician?

    Did you just finish watching House of Cards or something
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    Re: Whats it like being a politician?

    The four most common degree specialisations in Australia for people in politics are political science, international relations, industrial relations and law. The best way to get your foot in the door as someone who is interested and to see what its like is to do an internship as part of a political science major. Most universities in Australia will offer this in some capacity as an option during the completion of your undergraduate degree. Getting involved in the branch of your particular political interest can also give you a foothold in the movement at a grass roots level.

    As others have said if you know someone it can happen to be beneficial. As an active member in my local cultural community I happen to know some fairly heavy hitters in the particular cultural section of a particular party in this country. The problem with this is that I have no real interest in party politics.

    If you listen to question time and watch the news for long enough it's a pretty large turnoff, the perks are interesting, but it can also come with a lot of labels and some of them are not particularly nice.

    Getting elected depends on who and what you know and where you're running, of course the most influential people are put in safe seats and they happen to know "a mate" that got them to where they are.

    If you're seriously interested in understanding the machinations of party politics I suggest that you undertake a political internship and find out for yourself.

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