What Is

An Independent candidate is someone who is not part of a political party, but an individual advocating for and representing their community.

The Mission

As an Independent, my mission is to listen to individuals and groups within Eden Monaro to hear the issues at a grass roots level;  always advocate for the community; push as hard as we can to achieve a sustainable, well planned and economically viable Electorate.

Why not a party?

Political parties are designed to adhere to a particular ideology. This means the policy is determined by the parties, not by the candidates and party candidates must adhere to those policies, whether or not they are in the best interests of the community.

Why an Independent

Independents are accountable to their electors.  Policies are generally robust and developed in the best interests of the communities they represent.  They are able to think for themselves and tend to advocate very strongly for the electorate.

An Independent is only one voice, how can they possibly achieve for the community once elected?

Whilst it's true that it can be difficult to be heard as a single voice in Parliament, it can also be a position of power.   Very often it is the Independents who force the Government to act on the community's wishes, as the balance of power between the major parties means there is room for leverage and negotiation. Also, because of the grass roots nature of Independents, they are able to bring issues to the attention of the Parliament, which may not have been acknowledged before.