Only a real independent with the right experience can change the game for you.
Decisions about our lives, what our taxes are used for, including how much is left over for our basic services, are being made by a very, very few at the cost of almost everyone else.
We pay more than 50 per cent more for the costs of life than we otherwise would* because of the corruption of our political system by well-connected individuals who have rigged our corporate and political system.
We would be twice as wealthy if we could fix it.
And our State would finally be able to afford a proper level of our basic services in Brighton and beyond.
Sally is offering to show a way to stop the chronic corruption of our democracy: the pork barrelling, the deals, the commercial-in-confidence contracts signed by people using our billions on enormous projects of arguable urgency; the rorts, the waste, the excess, the cronyism.
The ‘grey gifts’, which are really our assets, such as rezoned land from industrial to residential, benefit only a few.
This behaviour is not necessarily illegal and, in fact, entirely natural. Humans are wired to help their friends; it’s a normal instinct which keeps the tribe alive. But when it involves our hard-earned, and we don’t benefit —or worse, it costs us—major problems arise.
We lose our form of government, our democracy. And some groups stuck in the middle of the two big party poles, like small business, totally miss out.
There are ways to intercept the corruption which we have allowed to grow under our very noses because we have been distracted. We were busy: the pandemic, footy, celebrities, Tik Tok.
But, over the past five years, while we weren’t looking, the games of you-scratch-my-back-and-I’ll-give-you-a-massage prevailed.
It’s time to Change the Game.
Solutions have been tried overseas with success and involve using neutral parties - panels of randomly selected, ordinary citizens and, sometimes, overseas experts — to help make the big decisions; such as who gets the top jobs and which projects get funded.
Solutions also involve putting a price on the ‘grey gifts’ for those who will benefit.
Many of these proposals have worked very well for countries with the courage to try them: Switzerland, China, Finland and parts of the USA.
Sally is ready to start changing the game so the people of Brighton —Elwood, Brighton and Hampton —and beyond don’t have to run around trying to prop up the basic services we should be able to afford hands down.
The childcare, healthcare, policing, education, aged care, public transport, women’s safety. The list goes on and on and, to top of it, for our special Bayside community, must be the infrastructure to offset looming rising seas due to climate change.
If we can interrupt this system with sensible solutions, we can live our lives more efficiently, safely and securely.
Sally asks you to help her reclaim our democracy by Changing the Game.
*Cameron K. Murray and Paul Frijters, Rigged: How Networks of Powerful Mates Rip Off Everyday Australians, Allen & Unwin, 2022, p. 14.
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The needs of younger people are always central to Sally’s life. She shares her house with young students at different stages of their education.
Sally comes from a strong social justice background. Here, her parents meet Cambodian villagers after donating them land to grow their own food.
Sally’s parents built their first home in 1955 in E. Brighton on £5 a week. Due to the games, the dream of a local house eludes many of our children.
Authorised by N. Nicols, 5/18 Scott St., Elwood