Mr Goodenough, who’s currently clinging to his seat in Western Australia, could potentially take that number to seven.
“Six – or possibly seven – politicians in the lower house does not fit that proportion, so there’s a lot more work to come,” she said.
So how did the two major parties – Labor and Liberal – do at this election when it comes to Asian representation?
‘You cannot overlook the community or take us for granted’
A former dolphin trainer from Malaysia, Mr Lim had a mountain to climb.
“So he was able to effectively communicate and engage with the community. And the community saw people who look like them could represent them effectively.”
Independent Dai Le ran a strong campaign targeting Ms Keneally’s candidacy and the fact she was not a local, winning the traditionally safe Labor seat and claiming 52.39 per cent of the vote on a two-party preferred basis.
“The Labor Party was arrogant enough to parachute somebody from the Northern Beaches, who has no roots in this community, has no connection to this community, and basically took us for fools,” Dai Le told SBS News.
“They’re now willing to vote for Greens and independents,” he said.
‘Set up for failure to begin with’: How Liberal candidates fared
“I think the reason why [these sitting] Liberal party candidates were rejected is because of the failures of the Morrison government and its stances on a range of issues – from wages to integrity in climate and how it handled the pandemic response,” Mr Chiu said.
“And in many cases that didn’t happen — on both Labor and Liberal sides.”