Kylea shares her week

Week 6: The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing

It’s said the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. 

I’m not sure when I first heard this, but I know once I had I couldn’t let go of the feeling that it was not just about what “men” may do but rather a reflection of the opportunity every person has: to do something in their lifetime which leaves a legacy of good.

With this in mind, the actions of our Federal Government in this past fortnight have left me more than bemused. Why is it that our federal leaders think it is okay to obfuscate when it comes to communicating how they believe we should be moving forward as a nation into what is inarguably a global economy fixed on carbon emission reduction and adopting a sustainable and renewable future.

Where we should be looking to and applauding leadership that inspires us, we are instead left in the dark as we are told the details of “deals down between Parties” (presumably both political and industry) are not for us to know: we will be told in “good time” when it suits the people who seem to have forgotten they are there as our representatives. 

I’ve always had an acute sense of “right” and “wrong”. Of the importance of equity and respect and the need for compassion and intelligence to be exercised when making decisions. I believe speaking and advocating for a greater truth, whether that be on behalf of yourself or others, is one of the greatest opportunities and responsibilities a person can be given. 

As a voter I do not believe the issues that are important to me: such as action on climate change, transparent and ethical behaviour in politics, and building an environment of hope and potential for young Australians, are currently being adequately discussed and advocated for at the Federal level. 

This is why I am motivated to run as an independent candidate in the next federal election. Not because I think I have all the answers, but because I believe any healthy, vibrant and robust democracy must have open debate around challenging and courageous ideas for it to prosper. 

The fact this is not currently happening at the Federal level of Australian politics is simply not good enough. As North Sydney’s Independent representative, I would be dedicated to bringing the debate regarding these important issues back into the public domain. My presence would ensure the people of North Sydney know their opinions are being heard, presented and argued for, at the highest level, to the highest degree of integrity and transparency that can be brought to the office. I would be beholden to only my electorate: a responsibility I would not assume lightly.

It’s important to me that I make it clear: I’m not running for just myself. I’m running for everyone who believes we can do better and for our children and their children. 

I owe nothing less to my own family and to those I know and respect.

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