We are inspired by the national "Voices of..." movement which is sweeping Australia. We are dismayed by the destructive influence of vested interests and party politics on our democracy. And we are not alone. We join other like-minded electorates, such as Warringah, Wentworth, Goldstein and Kooyong, who are all working to support Independents to drive change.
We think there is a hunger in Curtin to join this groundswell of citizens working to fix our democracy electorate by electorate.
Curtin, like other "safe seats" has been taken for granted by the major parties. We have been complacent for too long, and our voices are going unheard. We should not be taken for granted, and our expectations for good government and good behaviour
should not be secondary to the daily media and political circus.
We welcome people of all ages, backgrounds and political persuasions willing to work together with respect, integrity, inclusivity and positivity to ensure democratic decisions are based on broad community consultation and evidence-based expert advice then accounted for openly and transparently.
And we want to find a candidate to endorse who represents us and our values.
We will take a science and evidence-based approach to solutions and the opportunities which climate change presents.
We will not accept stalling, double-speaking or back-pedalling to preserve and protect industries which refuse to adapt. All of the states of Australia have more ambitious emissions reduction policies than our Federal Government.
There is absolutely no more time for procrastination on climate change action at the federal level.
Our representative must be a person of integrity and will demonstrate their allegiance to the people of Curtin, not to vested interests or the extreme wings of the major political parties.
Our candidate will consult with the people of Curtin, hear our voices, and represent us and our families.
And they will be accountable to us in the electorate.
We live in an exceptional electorate, and in an extraordinary state.
We understand that much of our economic prosperity has been based on mining and related industries. The big companies are well ahead of the government in understanding the need for change, and they need support and certainty from Federal policy and decision makers to make the right long-term decisions. We need to encourage and support enterprises to make investments to diversify their risks and their revenues.
Our representative will be a sensible and pragmatic person with who will work with business, and who understands that being socially progressive is not the enemy of sound economic management.
Strong employment depends on our small, medium and large businesses being able to plan and invest with certainty. And we will encourage and support education, innovation and creativity as the basis of future business creation and success.
How do you act in your workplace? Our representatives must act with dignity & respect and demonstrate thoughtful leadership.
We stand for community, collaboration and inclusiveness.
Its old fashioned, but we stand for civility.
Respect and safety for women to be free from harassment & discrimination.
Same-sex marriage is just one example of treating everyone fairly and with compassion and respect.
We understand and respect people of all backgrounds and abilities.
We recognise that the great joy of multicultural Australia is founded on its rich and diverse history, and the people, cultures & languages which make up our nation.
We recognise and respect the original indigenous inhabitants of Australia, and will work to protect and preserve Aboriginal languages, places and heritage. We will listen respectfully and take into account Aboriginal voices when decisions are being made.
We stand for mutual respect in gender equality issues.
Curtin Independent has endorsed Kate Chaney as its Independent for Curtin in 2022, because she takes things seriously.
She stands for
Federal Government Integrity
Economic Opportunities &
We urge you to read about Kate's position on these issues on her website.
Recently, Independents have exercised significant influence in federal parliament. The major parties have gravitated towards either indecision, policy inertia or using pure spin and fear to try to control their far-right and far-left wings.
Neither major party has carried a significant enough majority, and so independents have been important. They have held governments to account, forced the re-thinking of policies and the re-drafting of legislation. And when needed, they have been outspoken on behalf of their own electorates and of people who have been increasingly unheard.
There is absolutely a place for Independence in federal parliament.
The incumbent member for Curtin has consistently voted along party lines, which have been forced onto the Liberals by Mr Barnaby Joyce's Nationals.
A loose alliance of independents with strong and responsible economic credentials and reflecting real-Australia's socially progressive attitudes will be a force to be reckoned with in the next federal parliament. The balance of power in the next federal parliament is in play.
And Curtin's independent needs to be a part of it.