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Newsletter 23rd Jan: Building a movement for better democracy

My commitment to hospital staff, growing community and where you’ll find me.


This week I’ve been talking to nurses and frontline staff who are bearing the full brunt of the pandemic. Staff working conditions have been severely impacted, with staff shortages, unreasonable workloads, and excessive overtime requirements. Many of our hospital staff are at breaking point and their mental and physical wellbeing is significantly affected. Lack of proper planning for the inevitable extended pandemic, coupled with poor communication, has placed our healthcare system in crisis. As a doctor, I know they are doing their absolute best in extremely difficult circumstances that could have been avoided.  In place of gas-executives, independent health and business experts should have been appointed to run the National COVID Recovery Commission, tasked with ensuring and implementing a strategy that ensured our health and economy were protected, so we could all emerge safely from the pandemic. 

As an Independent, I can provide oversight and hold the government accountable on issues such as these. I will bring a commonsense approach to Parliament, ensuring the government acts in the best interests of Australians, rather than pushing a political agenda. This is my commitment to these hospital staff and to you all. Together, I know we can find a better way.

On Friday, I joined former SMH journalist, Wendy Frew for a chat on Radio Northern Beaches, about why I decided to run for the seat of Mackellar and what I hope to achieve. We also talked about why my inspiration is to secure a better future for our community. For those wanting to learn a little more about me and my position on a range of policies including climate change, integrity in politics and mental health, I encourage you to listen (and share) the interview, which you can access here.

I mentioned last week that the volunteer community is growing exponentially, and I’d like to end this newsletter with a big shout out to everyone who has truly stepped up to support the campaign. This support has enabled us to create dedicated area teams within the constituency, allowing us to reach and connect with more people and to listen to their views for a better future. Our volunteer meetups at Collaroy, Belrose and Mona Vale, all had outstanding attendance, despite the weather. Together, we are truly building a movement for better democracy!


P.S. Think your friends might be interested in knowing more and signing up to our campaign? Please forward them a link to this website or feel free to use the Share button to let them know.


Where you'll find me this week...

If you’re reading this on Sunday morning, I’m taking part in the Mona Vale Ocean Swim today so please head down to support me. You can find out more information here.

On Wednesday 26th January, I’m respecting and riding with Aboriginal people from Manly to Garigal Land (Church Point). Why not hop on your bike and ride with us – RSVP for more information.

On Friday 28th January, I’ll be heading out for a surf with the legendary Tom Carroll – why don’t you join us? RSVP here.

Next Sunday 30th January, I’ll be ocean swimming again – this time in the Big Swim at Palm Beach – why not participate with me?  Find out more here.


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