Political & Public Governance

True representation is ethical, transparent and above all inclusive. I will establish processes which will enable our electorate to have a voice in our shared future.

I will work to change the culture of Parliament to be collaborative, rather than combative, and to take leadership and make decisions in the best interests of our electorate and the country.

I will support holding to account every individual who owes a responsibility to our people – politicians, public servants and contractors – through proper public governance, performance and accountability, including implementing the recommendations of Royal Commissions and independent reviews.

I will establish regional policy and elector panels with experts, industry and community leaders to work with me on advancing these New England Policy Platform priorities. I will also support the establishment of a Voices for New England, New England Alliance and New England Policy Lab.

 Similarly, I will actively support the strengthening of regional and place-based governance forums, advocacy and leadership. This work is particularly to provide support for Local Councils, services and industries to enable them to: work collaboratively on their shared strategic priorities (i.e. with regard to infrastructure, services, industry, etc.); involve the perspectives of service users, residents and other stakeholders; address gaps and weaknesses in services, infrastructure and development; plus maximise the use of available resources and minimise duplication and under utilisation of resources.

 The integrity and effectiveness of the Australian Government, including the Parliament, is of central importance. This affects the progress and delivery of its work and responsibilities.

  • Ensure that the findings and recommendations of recent and current Royal Commissions are fully, effectively and transparently implemented, with public reporting every six months until the work is substantively completed.
  • Establish a Federal integrity and anti-corruption commission, including:
    • retrospective powers to pursue matters which are reasonably likely to be of an illegal or criminal nature, and
    • the merits of an amnesty for public servants, politicians, staffers and government funded and contracted organisations to make submissions and disclosures.
  • Seek to reform media laws and regulations to increase the diversity and accessibility of credible and independent sources of information and content.
  • Establish a Code of Conduct for Parliamentarians to create a culture of leadership and decision-making that is collaborative rather than combative, inclusive of diversity and that genuinely works in the best interests of the country and drawing upon the breadth and depth of expertise required to do this well.
  • Pursue reforms of political donation, lobbying and electorate laws to:
    • place stringent restraints on excessive corporate and organisational influence, and
    • ensure fairer regulation and rules for independent candidates.
  • Pursue the design and adoption of an Australian Genuine Progress Indicator.
  • Support the adoption of an Open Government Platform to enable participatory democracy, transparency and accountability.
  • Support the professional independence, performance and accountability of the Australian Public Service including strengthening of whistleblower protections and review of the powers of Ministers to ensure they do not make decisions beyond their governance role, expertise and experience.
  • Strengthen the transparency and political independence of recruitment and selection of senior positions to Government and quasi-government Board’s, Committees, Advisory Panels and senior executive positions.
  • Seek to initiate an investigation of the merits for a Charter of Rights (Human, Nature).
  • Support community, cooperative, collective and not-for-profit governance and ownership for community services and our collective commons ~ nature, knowledge, culture, infrastructure and other community assets.
  • Investigate the overall effectiveness and efficiency of political government in Australia, and whether it is still fit for purpose. This is particularly with a view to assessing the merits and support for the following changes:
    • two-tier national-regional governance for essential services and the natural commons (water, health, education, transport, infrastructure, ecosystem services)
    • taking practical consideration of cross-border and boundary issues (such as health services in the northern end of the New England more logically being serviced out of south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales than Armidale or Tamworth),
    • direct democracy mechanisms for major national priorities, such as water, energy, education and health
    • recognition of Australia’s First Peoples, and
    • inclusion of Local Government.
    • See also Mining for Energy Position Statement.