If elected, I commit to establishing Hughes Advisory Committees, made up of locals who want to be heard on issues of concern to them. Those who want to be heard not just by their local MP, but in Federal Parliament.

Why do it?

I’m a Community Independent. I am absolutely committed to listening, understanding, and advocating. I will listen to my constituents. I will make sure I understand their concerns. And I will advocate on their behalf in Federal Parliament.

I believe the job of a Federal Parliamentarian really is that simple.

How will it work?

There are two parts to it.

Operation of the
Committees, locally

Guided by a member of my staff, and with the support and resources of my office, I propose to establish at least 4 Hughes Advisory Committees. The Committees will be comprised of and run by concerned locals who wish to participate. The specific topics these groups will focus on will, of course, be decided them, but some ideas are included below:

  • Climate (how can Hughes benefit from the transition to renewable energy? Can we attract investment in renewable energy infrastructure in Hughes?)
  • Small business (how can we best support small businesses in Hughes recover from the pandemic? What federal policies are hurting small business most, and how can we improve them?)
  • Youth affairs (what is the Federal government doing to address generational inequality? Housing affordability? What is the jobs market in Hughes like for young people? How can we improve it?
  • Women (What services are available to women and children in Hughes fleeing domestic violence? Where should more funding be allocated? Is the childcare landscape acceptable? What could make it more affordable and accessible?)

The groups would meet monthly, and I will join them every second month – to listen, and to understand.

Advocating for the issues,
in Canberra

Once I have listened and understood, and where the issues are in the best interests of Hughes constituents, I will take the issues to Canberra, and advocate for them in two ways.

  1. Legislatively When legislation is presented for debate in the House of Representatives, my decision-making framework will include reference to the issues the Committees have raised with me. Are they relevant to the legislation being proposed? How could the legislation be improved by addressing the issues of concern to the Committees? Is there legislation I could introduce myself to address the issues?
  2. By giving speeches There is a little-known parliamentary practice called Members 90 Second Speeches (more information here). Every day that parliament is sitting, members of parliament have the opportunity to make short speeches to the House. These speeches are recorded in Hansard. After appropriate consultation with the Committees, I will stand in the House and read speeches written by the Committees. I will do this twice a year for each Committee.

“I am running as an Independent community representative. It’s a simple job description, with a simple objective - to be the voice of my community in Parliament. If elected, then my community has spoken. They care about what I care about, and place their trust in me to represent them.”