Allison Ritchie worked in the state branch of the ALP as an administrative officer from 1996 until her election, according to Wikipedia, which, if you do the maths, means that from her 22nd year, her whole adult life has been in party politics. How representative of us is that? It is the sort of career typical of political apparatchiks in the former USSR, and its client-states in Eastern Europe, where becoming an MP depended on belonging to a political class, the nomenklatura, a small, elite subset of the general population who held various key administrative positions in those countries’ government, industry, agriculture, education, etc. Read more, Comment here