It only takes a few minutes to realise that Kristyn Granville is an unconventional Greens candidate for the Warringah electorate.
Coming from a working-class household in the historically Liberal stronghold, Ms Granville has broken the mould by becoming a successful environmental lawyer and Greens politician.
Her formative years were spent in quiet Chester Hill in Western Sydney, but if you ask her where she is from, she will tell you:
I’m a Freshie local and have spent so much time here on the Northern Beaches.
Life on the Northern Beaches started in the tiny suburb of Clareville at age 10, where commuting anywhere without a car is difficult.
Mr Glanville admits that politics was never a childhood dream - she suggests that TV shows and poor public transport in her area fuelled her ambitions to be a lawyer.
“It definitely wasn’t my childhood goal," she said.
"Since I was a kid, I wanted to be a lawyer, I think that I probably watched a little bit too much Ally McBeal in my formative years.”
Ms Glanville graduated from the University of New South Wales with an Honours in Arts and a Bachelor of Law.
Only a few months after graduation she began working as an associate lawyer at Norton, Rose, Fulbright. It was there she started to tackle environmental and infrastructure planning cases and litigation.
She is very proud of her professional achievements. However, she says that her pro-bono work for Homelessness Australia and asylum seekers from Nauru, is the most rewarding.
“That has been really ground-breaking for me in terms of understanding the human side of the policies that the current government is enacting in our name”." she said.
She believes that the offshore inhuman detention on Nauru is not Australian and watching these people suffer is not giving everyone a fair go.
This out of sight out of mind politics is not who I am as a person.
Ms Glanville is now working for international legal firm Clyde & Co, focussing on environmental litigation and advising clients on planning and state significant infrastructure.
She believes that her professional career allows her to see the current policies for what they really are and therefore feels she can influence politics in a significant way.
Although the coverage of the Warringah electorate has been dominated by Liberal incumbent and suggested favourite Tony Abbott, she believes that the local population is sick of his party's "head in the sand" rhetoric about climate change.
She suggests that although micro-party support has climbed since the last election, she doesn’t think that will sway the election too much. However, she believes that Australian - and specifically Warringah - residents care so much about the environment, that inaction by Liberals like Mr Abbott is hurting their parties more than anything else.
“I think that in Warringah [the lack of focus on climate change] has created an opportunity for change.
"Tony Abbott is so opposed to action on climate change and I think that has opened up an opportunity for someone else to win this seat, which would have been unimaginable... ”
Ms Glanville says the meanness in politics, specifically in the Warringah campaign, has turned people off key members, - noting that her approach of compassion and openness has helped The Greens on the map.
“I personally want to ensure that my children and my grandchildren can enjoy the same quality of environment that I have.”
For now she is focussing on what is likely to be the election of the decade. - Carl Bertmar Ferguson