Kylea shares her week on the campaign trail

Week 21: the Parliament of Australia sits for what could be the last time under its current leadership

As the Parliament of Australia sits for what could be the last time under its current leadership, many of us have wondered at the political agenda driving the discussions there. National priorities like corruption in federal politics have taken a backseat as the government argues over sex and religion. I’ve watched with equal parts frustration and admiration for Independents like Rebekha Sharkie, Zali Steggall, Helen Haines and Andrew Wilkie who have continued to bring sensibility into a political arena that is so clearly splintered across inflexible party lines.

Meanwhile, in what has been another intense but incredible week for me, I’ve had the opportunity to sit and listen to people with deep expertise in topics that really matter to our community – issues like health, climate action, women in the workforce, asylum seekers, the pandemic’s impact on businesses, cultural inclusivity, and of course the issue of integrity and accountability in politics.

On Thursday, we had our first “Community Conversations with Kylea Tink” event, where I invited experts from the Refugee Council of Australia, the Department of Immigration (former deputy secretary Abul Rizvi), and the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law to speak with our community about our ambition to do better for people seeking asylum in our country. And on Wednesday we had our first “Meet the Candidate” event in Hunters Hill, where I enjoyed answering questions from the community and hearing more about the passions and priorities of individuals and businesses here.

Not surprisingly then I’m literally left buzzing from all that I see and hear and continue to be excited by this opportunity we are pursuing – to have our North Sydney community truly heard at the highest levels of government. Let’s be the change we want to see.

KT

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