Kylea shares her week on the campaign trail

Week 20: Small individual gestures spark important community discussions

This past month we’ve seen a number of “small” individual gestures spark important community discussions. Whether it was Grace Tame’s refusal to smile in the presence of the Prime Minister, or Dylan Alcott declaring “he loves his disability”, ordinary people like you and I have made statements that call our system to account. These actions are in stark contrast to the lack of bold and strong leadership from our Federal Government.

In my own case, my small action of defiance – that is standing as North Sydney’s Independent candidate – hasn’t been prompted by a desire to pursue a career in politics. For the last 35 years, while running a number of very successful business, I’ve also worked to constantly push for positive social change. For me, it’s always been about the work that has needed to be done – not a party doctrine or political ambition. Coming from outside the system enables me to speak truth to power, and it is this opportunity that excites me.

With a by-election in the state seat of Willoughby coming next week, it’s been fantastic to see others take their own stands for our community.

What was meant to be a one-horse race, with the LNP nominating a replacement for Gladys Berejiklian, has become a field of 7 candidates, of whom I’ve personally seen 4 actively seeking to engage in meaningful conversations with the community. These include candidates for the Greens, the REASON party, the Sustainability Party, and independent candidate Larissa Penn for Willoughby.

Importantly, each of these 4 have been long-term residents of our area and are currently involved in advocating for positive changes for our community, by working in council or actively making representations for our community for issues like Dying with Dignity and Stopping the Tunnels. In contrast, the candidate nominated by the LNP doesn’t currently live in the seat, and is known for supporting the tunnel projects and fossil fuels.

At the end of the day, as with any election, I think what’s important is that we take the time to consciously decide how we want to be represented as a community at state government level. The next step then is to choose who we think is best placed to represent us in a way that is consistent with that desire. The decision literally is in our hands.

As always, let’s be the change we want to see.

KT

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