08 May 2014
As an independent politician, I fight for our community without the need to play party politics and follow the demands of powerful vested interest groups.
I believe democracy comes with rights and responsibilities, and I encourage everyone to participate in issues that matter.
Healthy democracies have confidence in their governments and this is based on transparency, accountability and community engagement. This has been consistently and repeatedly undermined in NSW, and by successive governments.
We urgently need legislative reform to prevent too-cosy relationships between powerful vested interests and government decision makers. We also need to be able to see that decisions are being made for public benefit, not private interests. That requires regular exposure of relationships, without having to wait for ICAC to catch up with those who fail us.