How Sarah Mitchell became the ‘accidental politician’
NSW Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell has opened up about how she accidentally became a politician.
In 2011, Mrs Mitchell was part of the landslide victory for the Coalition, but she wasn’t meant to get in as she was in at number 11.
Sarah Mitchell told Deborah Knight that her brother calls her the “Stephen Bradbury of New South Wales politics” because she wasn’t meant to get in.
“I got in at number 11 on the Coalition ticket. No one has ever gotten in from number 11 before, ever. And I think when I got pre-selected I had about a 10 per cent chance of getting in,” the NSW Education Minister said.
Deborah Knight: So how do you think you won it with a 10% chance then?
Sarah Mitchell: I think it was honestly just the vote that was so anti-labor back then, the landslide that we saw in so many Lower House seats transferred over to an Upper House vote as well. And I was very lucky.
See more highlights from Deborah Knight below:
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