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Newsletter 17th March: Announcing My Health Policy

With the election likely to be called soon, our campaign is shaping up to achieve great things! 

We have over 700 locals signed up to volunteer, many of whom have been out doorknocking, waving signs, letterbox-dropping the whole electorate and street-talking (or street-listening, as we prefer to say). 

The Forest ‘Meet the Candidate’ Event

At least 70 locals came to our ‘Meet the Candidate’ at the Forest Hotel on Wednesday night.  

We were so lucky to have international bestselling local author Michael Robotham host the evening. I enjoyed chatting with him about what drove me to give up my career as a GP and stand for parliament. We also spoke about the issues that are central to my campaign, including integrity in our parliament and sensible climate solutions for our families, our economy and the places we love. 

People told us they loved the discussion that took place that night and being given the chance to ask questions about other issues including education, privatisation, medicine, and the power of an independent.

It was a wonderful night and I urge you to register for the Collaroy Meet the Candidate event on April 2nd. I’d love you to bring a friend or family member along too, especially if they have not decided who they will vote for just yet. 

Special thanks to Michael Robotham and to TV chef Ed Halmagyi, who was busy on the video camera. I appreciate your time. 


Renewables Roundtable

I had the pleasure of meeting Mackellar locals who are industry leaders in renewable energy  during the week. They gave on-the-ground insights into what great climate policy would look like for the business community. It is clear that in order to supercharge our economy, businesses need a legislated climate action plan to ensure they can make long term investment decisions with confidence. The business community are desperate for leadership and tell me Australia needs to act soon or we will miss the clean energy wave.


Health Policy Launch

On Friday I launched my health policies. After months of listening to industry experts and consulting with local doctors, nurses, midwives and healthcare workers, my policies aim to help address both national and local health issues we are facing. 

For example, I’m calling for the next government to fund more public outpatient services here on the Northern Beaches while we also desperately need a dedicated youth mental health inpatient service on the Beaches too. 

You can read and download my full health policy here


Policy Panels

Don’t miss out on the next series of my policy panels, to coincide with detailed policy releases, on Integrity, Climate and the Economy and Business, which are coming up in the next month.


Event of the week!

Tomorrow night, I’d love you to join me online with Saul Griffith, author of The Big Switch. Saul will amaze you with his plans to electrify Australia, our homes and our economy!

Saul is an inventor, author, and founder of multiple companies and nonprofits. He has led projects for agencies including NASA, DARPA, National Science Foundation and more. RSVP here to be sent the Zoom link.



Our community movement is up against a cashed up opponent who can call on donors from fossil fuel companies and big business. That’s why I am so grateful for the support of many generous locals who have been hosting fundraising events and to everyone that has chipped in to help our campaign. With over 500 individual donors giving to the campaign so far, this is truly a community-backed campaign. Every dollar counts so please consider donating sooner, rather than later because the election (due in May) will be here soon and we need to get the word out about our campaign to as many people in Mackellar as possible.  


Soiree with Sophie community fundraiser – I’m really excited about this one! 

Tickets are $100 and include paella provided by Avalon legend Alfonso, wine donated by the hosts, Eva and Richard of Clareville, beer and kombucha donated by local brewers, a feast of delectable desserts plus live music!  

There will be a silent auction of fabulous experiences and items crafted by local artists (all proceeds go to my campaign). Bring some friends and let’s celebrate this wonderful community campaign. There are only a few tickets left!

Our new ad

Have you seen our new ad? It’s really exciting to see it feature so many volunteers and talk about the issues that have brought us together. We’re hoping to get the ad out in front of as many people as possible so I’d love it if you can chip in to help us get this out there.

See you out and about! And remember to sign up to get involved to receive a t-shirt and access our volunteer app.


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