NSW goes to the polls on Saturday March 25 to elect our State representatives. We asked the Northern Beaches Living community what questions they would like to ask their candidates. Every candidate running in our local electorate of Manly received the same questions and the same opportunity to respond. All responses are below (some candidates chose not to answer some questions).

But first, a bit about voting in the NSW State Election…

Do I have to vote? Yes, enrolling and voting is compulsory for Australian citizens aged 18 years and over.

Who am I voting for? Voters will elect one person to represent their district in the Legislative Assembly. Voters will also elect 21 of the 42 members of the Legislative Council.

Where can I vote? You can vote at any polling place in your electorate on election day. Polling places are open from 8am to 6pm. To find your nearest polling place, enter your address here for more information: https://elections.nsw.gov.au/voters/where-do-i-vote

How can I vote early in person? If you would like to vote in person, but you are unable to get to a voting centre or polling place on election day, you may be eligible to vote early or pre-poll. For more information visit https://elections.nsw.gov.au/voters/voting-options/early-voting-and-pre-polling-in-person

How can I vote early by post? If your circumstances make it difficult for you to go to a voting centre on election day, you may be eligible to apply for a postal vote. For more information visit https://elections.nsw.gov.au/voters/voting-options/postal-voting

Below are the Manly candidates’ responses (in alphabetical order by candidate surname).

Any candidate who has not yet responded may do so at any time and we will add to this list ‚Äď contact northernbeaches@thelivingcollective.com.au

Phillip Altman, Independent

Tell us about your connection to the Manly area?

Why are you running as a candidate in this election and why should locals vote for you?
I am running as a candidate in the Manly electorate in response to the request of many residents.  I am a well known clinical trial and drug regulatory affairs consultant with more than 40 years experience in working with the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and most of the international pharmaceutical companies represented in Australia.  I have been deeply involved in issues regarding the safety and efficacy of the Covid vaccines.  See my website at phillipaltman.com.au

I have been active in speaking to various health professional groups including doctors and nurses, community groups and many politicians involved in policy decisions as well as appearing in international forums on Covid.

I have been highly critical of mandatory vaccination policies and the general safety and efficacy claims for the Covid vaccines based on the available data.  Many residents of Manly and elsewhere are similarly concerned and want to receive more information about the Covid vaccines so they can be better informed.

Northern Beaches Living members have told us that rising costs for households is a key election concern for them. How will you advocate on their behalf for policies on this issue?

Transport is another major concern for locals. How will you seek to improve transport conditions in the area?

The last Federal election showed that Independent candidates are a strong force on the Northern Beaches. If you are an independent candidate, how will you work with the major parties if elected? And if you are from a political party, how will you work with independents if elected?

What will you advocate for on the below, which are either key local issues or important to the local community?:

    • Teacher shortages Teacher and health care shortages are a consequence of mandatory vaccination policies for which there is now known to be no scientific basis.
    • Shark nets
    • Ensuring integrity in politics
    • Mental Health The mental health of the population has suffered under mandatory vaccination policies and these must stop immediately.
    • Gambling Issues
    • Koala endangerment
    • Affordable Housing on the Beaches
    • A Northern Beaches public hospital or better health system¬†
    • Gas exploration off our coast
    • Beaches Link Tunnel

Are there any other main issues you see as important for this election, and how will you advocate for them?
My main aim is focused on the health and wellbeing of residents in relation to Covid.  However, my other concerns are in relation to the proposed rollout of 15 minute cities and the safety aspects of the 5G network.  I am a staunch supporter of environmental protection and have been so for more than 30 years.  However, I am concerned about the lack of planning and critical analysis of the current renewable energy policies.  If not handled in a logical and systematic manner there is the threat of blackouts, unemployment and the destruction of Australian industry due to the lack of base load power and skyrocketing electricity prices.  I support any and all efforts to protect the environment using sensible and logical scientific strategies.

If elected, how will you stay in touch with the community and their concerns?

How can locals stay up to date with your campaign in the leadup to the election?
Go to my website (above) or my Substack (phillipaltman.substack.com) to see what I have been writing about Covid and the Covid vaccines.  I work with many eminent international medical and scientific experts in the field of Covid.

I have dedicated the last 3 years of my life to better informing the population in regard to Covid and the vaccines.  This is a critical issue facing Australia РI suggest the most important issue.

James Griffin, Liberal Party

Tell us about your connection to the Manly area? 

Why are you running as a candidate in this election and why should locals vote for you? I am seeking re-election as Member for Manly because I have ensured the voice of our community is at the heart of Government and I want to keep it there. We live in the most extraordinary place on the planet, and I want to keep working to make it even better. I’ve had the honour of working as the Member for Manly for five years now, and I want to continue delivering great results for our community, like building a strong local economy, delivering the Adolescent Young Adult Hospice, and continuing to upgrade our local public schools.

Northern Beaches Living members have told us that rising costs for households is a key election concern for them. How will you advocate on their behalf for policies on this issue?

Transport is another major concern for locals. How will you seek to improve transport conditions in the area?

The last Federal election showed that Independent candidates are a strong force on the Northern Beaches. If you are an independent candidate, how will you work with the major parties if elected? And if you are from a political party, how will you work with independents if elected?

What will you advocate for on the below, which are either key local issues or important to the local community?:

    • Teacher shortages
    • Shark nets
    • Ensuring integrity in politics
    • Mental Health
    • Gambling Issues
    • Koala endangerment
    • Affordable Housing on the Beaches
    • A Northern Beaches public hospital or better health system
    • Gas exploration off our coast
    • Beaches Link Tunnel

Are there any other main issues you see as important for this election, and how will you advocate for them?

If elected, how will you stay in touch with the community and their concerns?

How can locals stay up to date with your campaign in the leadup to the election?

 

Joeline Hackman, Independent

Tell us about your connection to the Manly area? I grew up on the Northern Beaches, and now I live here with my husband, Greg and we are raising our two boys here. I also started the Northern Beaches War on Waste 5 years ago and during the pandemic, I co-founded Feed our Medics ‚Äď arranging for local hospitality businesses to provide food for our nurses, supplying local hospitals before it expanded further afield.

Why are you running as a candidate in this election and why should locals vote for you? Having been a Community Leader and running these charities, I could see the poor decision making and the lack of genuine climate action and care for our community on many levels. When my community approached me and asked me to stand at this election, I saw this to be a way to get the voice of the Manly electorate heard in Macquarie Street. I could represent the community views.

Northern Beaches Living members have told us that rising costs for households is a key election concern for them. How will you advocate on their behalf for policies on this issue? We need affordable housing in the area ‚Äď rents are rising, mortgages too. We also have rising energy costs. Did you know that in Queensland, they applied a super profit surcharge to their gas companies and their State Government budget is now in surplus. Our NSW Government did not have the fortitude to do this and our State budget deficit has now risen. This is our money, and should be spent on relieving the cost of living, not lining the pockets of the shareholders of these fossil fuel companies. I will hold the government of the day to account.

Transport is another major concern for locals. How will you seek to improve transport conditions in the area?¬†Having been at bus stops regularly these past months and seen the challenges first hand, I have already written to the Transport Minister and the CEO of Keolis Downers ‚Äď although I am still waiting for an answer from both. These issues have worsened since the privitisation of these services and I have called on a) transparency in the agreements b) improved working conditions and pay to solve the lack of drivers c) that State Government ensures the private company is delivering a service that meets the needs of this community with buses that are on time, and that local ‚Äėhubs‚Äô are provided for.

The last Federal election showed that Independent candidates are a strong force on the Northern Beaches. If you are an independent candidate, how will you work with the major parties if elected? And if you are from a political party, how will you work with independents if elected? Yes, Zali Steggall and Sophie Scamps have done an excellent job representing their communities in Canberra, and I hope to reflect these same values, underpinned by improved integrity in Macquarie Street.

I am not beholden to party politics or lobbyists but the community of Manly.

In the event of a minority government, I have stated publicly that I shall offer confidence -and-supply to the party that can guarantee to support the issues that matter to the community, including no gas and oil exploration off our coastline, a strong position on gambling reform and a review of the privitisation issues we are currently facing in transport and at our hospital.

What will you advocate for on the below, which are either key local issues or important to the local community?

  • Teacher shortages This is part of the affordable housing issue, as well as the inadequate pay and conditions for our teachers. If I am elected, this is an area that I will champion.
  • Shark nets Last month, I did a paddle out with Layne Beachley (photo attached) to raise awareness of the issue regarding shark nets. The nets are catching dolphins, endangered turtles to name a few creatures ‚Äď but usually only catch sharks when they are leaving the beach side of the nets. Where the nets are at Manly, for example, the Harbour is 12m deep, and the shark nets hang 6m down. I support their removal. We have far better technology to manage the issue of sharks these days, without subjecting other sea creatures to the dangers of the nets.
  • Ensuring integrity in politics I will hold the major parties to account, and I will listen only to the community of Manly and subject experts.¬†¬† I will not be beholden to party politics, factions or lobbyists.
  • Mental Health I have already spoken out about the promised mental health beds at the Northern Beaches hospital for the youth of the Northern Beaches ‚Äď promised almost a year ago but we are still waiting. We must also address the issues at the root of mental health issues on the Beaches such as gambling and lack of affordable housing.
  • Gambling Issues I do not believe either party goes far enough in addressing the gambling problems in this area, and associated social issues that accompany them.¬† It is a key concern for me ‚Äď and I would seek a state wide self-exclusion register, not just a limited number of clubs. I also believe we need to limit access to poker machines between the hours of midnight and 10 am ‚Äď the time when many poor decisions are made.
  • Koala endangerment Native logging must end. We are clearing the equivalent of the Sydney CBD every two days of native forest -the home of our much loved koalas. They cannot survive this ‚Äď and I do not believe tax payers want to be funding the loss making NSW forestry commission to be destroying their habitat.
  • Affordable Housing on the Beaches This is essential for solving so many of our other issues ‚Äď shortages of nurses, teachers, bus drivers, as well as everyone who is struggling with the rising cost of living. I support new developments having at least 10% affordable and social housing and we must be pushing for this in the next term of government.
  • A Northern Beaches public hospital or better health system We need to urgently ensure that the Northern Beaches hospital is providing the best possible service ‚Äď transparency in its contract and value to the people of this area.¬† I believe we need to support the Paramedics in their proposals to have greater opportunity to refer people in their own homes to Allied health services rather than filling up Emergency Departments ‚Äď and ensure better Nurse to Patient ratios to keep everyone safe when in hospital. There is much work to be done in our health service, despite the claims of the retiring Health Minister.
  • Gas exploration off our coast I have spoken out several times recently on this issue ‚Äď we must stop PEP-11, and all future gas exploration off our coastline. The State Government has had years to legislate to protect our pristine coastline ‚Äď and has again, failed to do so.
  • Beaches Link Tunnel I do not believe the current Liberal proposal is appropriate. It does not have a robust business plan or take ¬†– it is a plan for the past not the future. Where is the public Transport component? We have spent so much money to get to this stage ‚Äď and yet we do not have a viable option.

Are there any other main issues you see as important for this election, and how will you advocate for them?¬†I think one other key area to note, and one that people are often afraid to raise ‚Äď is Domestic Violence. In the last 12 months, there have been more women seeking help from the support groups we have in the area.¬† I will look to ensure they receive regular funding and not just grants ‚Äď two weeks before an election.¬† They need certainty.

If elected, how will you stay in touch with the community and their concerns? This is a grass roots campaign ‚Äď our volunteers are members of the community¬† – from Seaforth to Dee Why to Manly ‚Äď and everywhere in between. I will continue to engage with our volunteers, with regular gatherings and ensure there is always a forum to be listening to the concerns of this electorate.

How can locals stay up to date with your campaign in the leadup to the election? Keep an eye on my website www.joelinehackman.com.au  or call in to Campaign HQ at 43 Belgrave Street, Manly.

Terry Le Roux, The Greens

Tell us about your connection to the Manly area? I have lived on the Northern Beaches for over 20 years, and have a track record of driving outcomes for the community.  I have been actively involved in the North Harbour Community Group and Balgowlah Residents Group, ensuring that Manly retains its community and environmental values. I am active in campaigns to protect local bushland, save the Manly Ferries, oppose a poorly designed car park under Manly Oval, and the community campaign opposing the Northern Beaches Tunnel.

My working for the community, and collaborative and constructive approach to engaging with residents and local government, has been recognised by the Northern Beaches Council, as I was awarded Senior Citizen of the Year in 2022.

Why are you running as a candidate in this election and why should locals vote for you? I am running to be a voice in Manly for the Greens principles of ecological sustainability, social justice, grassroots democracy, and peace and non-violence. Our campaign is also supporting our wonderful Greens Upper House Candidates, Cate Faehrmann MP, Dr Amanda Cohn, and Lynda-June Coe.¬† If the Greens gain the last spot in the Upper House (the Legislative Council) we will have 5 members in the Legislative Council and be in a much stronger position to ‚Äúkeep the bastards honest‚ÄĚ by holding the balance of power and pushing the major parties on accountability, integrity, social equity, and the environment.

Northern Beaches Living members have told us that rising costs for households is a key election concern for them. How will you advocate on their behalf for policies on this issue? The Australian Greens have for many years pushed for a range of policies that would reduce pressure on household budgets ‚Äď these include:

  • Fully funding dental care and mental health care
  • Introducing a freeze on rents paid by renters and building a million public houses to eliminate public housing waiting lists
  • Fully fund public schools and universal early childhood education
  • Free public transport
  • Bring down energy bills with publicly owned renewable energy
  • Improve wages and working conditions

Transport is another major concern for locals. How will you seek to improve transport conditions in the area? Because of the Liberal government’s privatisation of public bus services in the northern beaches, the service has become unreliable and workplace conditions for our local bus drivers have gone backwards.  The Greens have always opposed the privatisation of public services and would:

  • bring public bus services back under public ownership, so they can be run for the public good
  • save the Manly Ferries and explore options to convert these to renewable energy
  • invest in local active transport including cycle paths and footpaths
  • introduce new bus services, such as expediting an east west bus service
  • scrap the white elephant Beaches Link tunnel and instead invest the money in increasing the number of bus services, explore the viability of further projects such as a light rail, and improve local road infrastructure such as the Pittwater Road X Warringah Road intersection and floodproofing the Wakehurst Parkway.

The last Federal election showed that Independent candidates are a strong force on the Northern Beaches. If you are an independent candidate, how will you work with the major parties if elected? And if you are from a political party, how will you work with independents if elected? The Greens have long sat on crossbenches at all levels of government, and regularly work with independents on issues concerning integrity and the environment to achieve good outcomes for the community.

What will you advocate for on the below, which are either key local issues or important to the local community?:

    • Teacher shortages
    • Shark nets
    • Ensuring integrity in politics
    • Mental Health
    • Gambling Issues
    • Koala endangerment
    • Affordable Housing on the Beaches
    • A Northern Beaches public hospital or better health system
    • Gas exploration off our coast
    • Beaches Link Tunnel

The Greens website outlines our full policy platform. The  Greens would:

  • address teacher shortages and fully fund public and early childhood education, including a 15% pay rise for teachers, better working conditions, and training more teachers.
  • end the damaging use of shark nets and instead further invest in non-lethal technologies and education to keep people safe.
  • Continue our track record of fighting corruption, further push for independent funding for ICAC, ending pork barrelling, requiring truth in political advertising.
  • Introduce mental health care into Medicare and fund and train more specialists.
  • End the lobbying between the gambling industry and government, introduce harm minimisation measures, and phase out pokies.
  • Fight for a Great Koala National Park, tackle the broken planning laws which allow for loss of habitat for native wildlife, including locally at Lizard Rock in Belrose.
  • Introduce a rental freeze, build public housing to eliminate waiting lists, and other policies to reduce housing costs.
  • Return the Northern Beaches Hospital to public ownership so it can be run for the community good.
  • End PEP11 for good, change our broken energy laws to ban new coal and gas projects, and an orderly closure of existing coal and gas mines.
  • The Beaches Link Tunnel will worsen traffic congestion in Manly. We would improve public transport, including B-Line Bus Services from Dee Why and Mona Vale to the new Metro.¬† This will dramatically reduce the local traffic trying to get to the city and Western Sydney.

Are there any other main issues you see as important for this election, and how will you advocate for them?¬†The Greens have for years campaigned to have the planning laws changed ‚Äď and to increase the role of local communities and residents in planning decisions.¬† The current system of consultation is a box-ticking farce ‚Äď and reduces the role of local communities in the planning process.¬† The government sees current ‚Äúconsultation‚ÄĚ as an exercise in telling the public what it intends to do and that this is for their own good.¬† The Lizard Rock proposed rezoning in Belrose is a classic example of how the State Government continues to undermine local democracy on planning issues. We need a new planning system which puts the community and environment first.

If elected, how will you stay in touch with the community and their concerns? The Greens in Manly regularly stay in contact with the community through our newsletter, social media pages, and website www.manlygreens.org.au. We always welcome new members to get in touch with ideas and concerns, and can help facilitate resolving issues via our Greens councillors on Northern Beaches Council, and Greens MPs in State and Federal  Parliament.

How can locals stay up to date with your campaign in the leadup to the election? You can follow me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/manlygreens, Instagram @manlygreens, or join the Manly Greens mailing list at www.manlygreens.org.au

Bailey Mason, Animal Justice Party

Tell us about your connection to the Manly area? I’ve lived in the beautiful Northern Beaches my entire life and I enjoy the natural beauty of it all while actively protecting Manly through my weekly animal rights actions. I enjoy snorkelling at cabbage tree bay and always scoop up any plastics that are floating in the water to prevent animals eating the plastics. I watch the wild stingrays come out in the late afternoon and speak with passerby’s about how lucky we are to be able to enjoy wildlife in their natural environment rather than viewing them in tiny tanks. I love spending time at the dog beaches with my rescued greyhounds who the community love meeting and learning their stories. Rescued greyhounds really educate the northern beaches community about the cruelty that these beautiful animals endure in greyhound racing. I enjoy doing the Shelly beach walk and seeing the beautiful Eastern Water Dragon’s that are a protected species. Nature is what I love most about manly but I’ve also enjoyed our sporting spaces where I’ve played a range of sports including volley ball at manly beach. There’s many things to enjoy from beaches, bush to all the other fun in this beautiful community with a great spirit!

Why are you running as a candidate in this election and why should locals vote for you? I am running as a candidate for the Animal Justice Party in Manly because there is a huge amount of animal cruelty on the northern beaches. Dolphins, whales and turtles are dying extremely painful deaths in marine life entangling shark nets despite alternatives such as non lethal shark barriers. Healthy marine life are also being kidnapped on the Northern Beaches and put into tiny aquarium tanks. It‚Äôs a fact that Northern Beaches Council is capturing healthy marine life and forcing them into a lifetime of confinement. Manly also has the issue of the 1080 poison which our pets could eat and suffer a painful death from this poison which is banned in the United States. Animal circuses continue to come to the northern beaches and force animals to perform tricks for a dwindling number of spectators. Chained camels are also forced to entertain at Manly Corso during Christmas which upsets many animal lovers as the business which owns the camels treats them as commodities like circus animals. There is also the upsetting reality that the Petting Zoo ‚ÄėKindi Farm‚Äô despite being convicted of animal cruelty by the RSPCA continues to set up and profit from northern beaches families.

Northern Beaches Living members have told us that rising costs for households is a key election concern for them. How will you advocate on their behalf for policies on this issue? The NSW government spends millions of dollars on environmentally damaging and animal abusing industries when this money can instead be put to ease rising costs for households. The NSW government has shockingly spent millions of dollars of taxpayer money on the cruel greyhound gambling industry when this money can be much better spent supporting the community and the many pressing issues that are affecting all of us. It’s an absolute disgrace that the government wastes so much money while we are in a cost of living crisis. It’s time to fix these important issues rather than prop up horrible industries that have lost their social licence. The government can treat all of us so much better, improve our lives greatly and have the power to actually fix the issues in the community if they put the resources into the right places. I promise to listen to the community, support the community in every way and value integrity rather than be selfish for greed while a community suffers.

Transport is another major concern for locals. How will you seek to improve transport conditions in the area? We must invest in better and free public transport, this is not only important for the public due to the frustrations of traffic but beneficial for our environment. A perfect public transport system will greatly reduce CO2 emissions, decrease pollutants in the atmosphere and improve our air quality! We can do so much better than the public transport system that we have right now.

Particularly for the northern beaches, I’d advocate to pay the drivers more so they can live in the area in order to prevent the bus driver shortages that are causing havoc. The Animal Justice Party knows that a more efficient public transport system can greatly reduce pollution and I also know it can slash the daily stress in our community.

The last Federal election showed that Independent candidates are a strong force on the Northern Beaches. If you are an independent candidate, how will you work with the major parties if elected? And if you are from a political party, how will you work with independents if elected? The Animal Justice Party will work with independents to support positive efforts for people, animals and planet. Particularly we look forward to working together with independents on animal welfare and climate change. I’ve been really happy with the increasing amount of independents who are passionate about integrity in politics and concerned about animal abuse. The animal justice party holds the most animal welfare policies out of any party but has been thrilled to see many northern beaches independent candidates have some strong animal welfare policies. Joeline Hackman has protested the cruel shark nets and been vocal in the election about the destruction these nets inflict in our oceans. Independent Jacqui Scruby recently spoke with the Coalition For The Protection Of Greyhounds and has made it clear to the dog protection organisation that she will work with the Animal Justice Party to ban greyhound racing in NSW. It’s an exciting time in politics and change for animals and our environment is on the horizon if we all work together on these important issues!

What will you advocate for on the below, which are either key local issues or important to the local community?:

    • Teacher shortages
    • Shark nets
    • Ensuring integrity in politics
    • Mental Health
    • Gambling Issues
    • Koala endangerment
    • Affordable Housing on the Beaches
    • A Northern Beaches public hospital or better health system
    • Gas exploration off our coast
    • Beaches Link Tunnel

The community is disgusted by the dolphin killing shark nets and are increasingly feeling unsafe at the beach due to outdated methods of protection from sharks. It’s shameful that the NSW government continues to fail to implement better modern technologies that will better protect people at the beach while at the same time saving whales from being strangled. It’s absolutely possible to have cruelty-free shark barriers that protect swimmers rather than deadly shark nets that animals get trapped in. Gambling reform is another key issue particularly banning the horrific greyhound racing industry. The northern beaches community has many rescued greyhounds and urgently wants this dog killing industry to be shut down in New South Wales. Manly has learnt that these beautiful dogs deserve to play at the beach or be couch potato’s at home rather than be drugged, injured on track, tortured and slaughtered for gambling profits. Thousands of greyhounds continue to be killed in Australia simply for being too slow to win races and rescue groups are trying extremely hard to rescue as many abused dogs as they can to reduce the amount of greyhounds slaughtered. It’s time to bring back the ban on greyhound racing to save dogs.

Are there any other main issues you see as important for this election, and how will you advocate for them? The community is demanding food that is more sustainable, healthier and not from cruel factory farms. The Animal Justice Party is working very hard to ban caged eggs in New South Wales. Sadly chickens can still be confined to the size of an A4 piece of paper for the profits of huge factory farms. I will push for a shut down of these filthy factories of industrial torture and also support funding for creating more tasty sustainable plant based products. The community is becoming increasingly aware of koala habitat being cleared for the beef industry and we will actively stand against this destruction of animals habitat’s when alternatives such as sustainable agriculture exist to feed the world without horrific destruction.

If elected, how will you stay in touch with the community and their concerns? I will stay connected with my community in many different ways including social media, community events, email updates and every community member is welcome to come into my office to share their concerns or ideas. I’d visit the many local businesses to show my support and visit the not so nice places including our hospitals to ask about the changes or support that’s needed. It’s important to be out in the community to see and hear first hand the issues. The community is so important to me and getting feedback will be taken seriously to create a better northern beaches for everyone.

How can locals stay up to date with your campaign in the leadup to the election? Locals can keep up to date with my campaign through my Facebook page as there are plenty of exciting events coming up including a ‚Äúsave the dolphins‚ÄĚ protest outside James Griffin‚Äôs office over his silence on dolphin killing shark nets.

Emanuele Paletto, Sustainable Australia

Tell us about your connection to the Manly area? I have lived on the northern beaches for most of my life. No matter where else I have lived, I always return here.

Why are you running as a candidate in this election and why should locals vote for you? I am running to de-corrupt politics in NSW and implement sustainable solutions for our future. I am passionate about Sustainable Australia Party’s values of protecting the environment, stopping overdevelopment an stopping corruption.

Northern Beaches Living members have told us that rising costs for households is a key election concern for them. How will you advocate on their behalf for policies on this issue? I will advocate for them through targeting the root cause of the issue ‚Äď government-engineered hyper-demand. To address this issue, we need to phase out negative gearing and capital gains tax concessions for property investors, banning foreign ownership and stabilising Australia‚Äôs population size. We also need more investment in public housing in the short term.

Transport is another major concern for locals. How will you seek to improve transport conditions in the area? We seek to improve transport conditions through prioritising the most ecologically sustainable and congestion-free public and private transport systems. This means lowering the cost of public transport, expanding bus networks, building better and safer bicycle networks and pedestrian infrastructure.

The last Federal election showed that Independent candidates are a strong force on the Northern Beaches. If you are an independent candidate, how will you work with the major parties if elected? And if you are from a political party, how will you work with independents if elected? Sustainable Australia Party is an independent community movement that has a science and evidence-based policy platform. We are willing to work with anyone as long as their policy is sound.

What will you advocate for on the below, which are either key local issues or important to the local community?:

– Teacher shortages: I will where needed increase, funding for public schools with the aim to increase the salaries and improve the working conditions of teachers.

– Shark nets: While we do not have a specific policy on shark nets, we do call for mandatory and independently regulated best practice animal welfare management in farming, agriculture, conservation, research, sporting, breeding and domestic environments. If elected, we would be very happy to consult with all relevant stakeholders.

– Ensuring integrity in politics: I would like to enable Swiss-style binding citizen-initiated referenda and plebiscites upon the parliament or council receiving a petition containing the signatures of at least five per cent or more of the total of all electors.

– Mental Health: I will better resource mental health services, including hospital and community-based preventative care, assessment and support services.

–¬† Gambling Issues: We need to better manage problem gambling and reduce per capita losses. To help achieve this, I would introduce a mandatory registered cashless gaming card system to address gambling harm and criminal gaming activity, including the fourteen-point plan of the Alliance for Gambling Reform and implement the Productivity Commission‚Äôs recommendation for $1 maximum poker machine bets per spin, limiting losses to around $120 per hour.

РKoala endangerment: I will support a stronger Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) to properly protect Australia’s environment and biodiversity through many ways including properly funding enforcing a national biodiversity and native species program, Improved and better connected wildlife corridors and producing stronger legislation to prevent inappropriate land and tree-clearing.

– Affordable Housing on the Beaches: We need to address the root cause of the issue ‚Äď government-engineered hyper-demand. This means phasing out negative gearing and capital gains tax concessions for property investors, banning foreign ownership and stabilising Australia population.

– A Northern Beaches public hospital or better health system: We support a Northern Beaches public hospital. Sustainable Australia Party also has a policy to better resource mental health services, including hospital and community-based preventative care, assessment and support services as well as mandate best-practice minimum nurse-to-patient ratios in hospitals.

– Gas exploration off our coast: I will implement a ban on all new off shore gas exploration off our coasts.

– Beaches Link Tunnel: I do not believe the Beaches Link should go ahead as it will simply encourage more car use and fail to resolve local traffic issues. We need better public transport.

Are there any other main issues you see as important for this election, and how will you advocate for them?: The main focus for me is protecting our environment, stopping overdevelopment and stopping corruption. This includes protecting endangered species habitats, native forests and local tree canopies; reducing Australia’s waste production; acting on climate change; stopping inappropriate high-rise and sprawl; delivering new community infrastructure before more housing; stabilising Australia’s population size; transparent reporting of political donations and lobbying; and banning political donations from big business and unions.

If elected, how will you stay in touch with the community and their concerns? If elected, I will stay in touch with the community through local market and festival stalls, engaging in social media, as well as my office.

How can locals stay up to date with your campaign in the leadup to the election?: The Sustainable Australia Party website has all of our candidates bios and policies for further reading as well as a eNewsletter for keeping up to date with party announcements.

Jasper Thatcher, Labor

Tell us about your connection to the Manly area? I was born in Mona vale hospital (which is now sadly closed I might add) to two parents who lived in the area. I’ve lived my whole life in Manly. I went to school at Manly village public school, I’ve worked in local businesses such as Manly fish market and now serve manly working on our famous Manly ferries. I don’t know what is more quintessentially Manly then the ferries and fish and chips on a  nice day.  

Why are you running as a candidate in this election and why should locals vote for you?  I am running because I’m tired of Manly being taken for granted for and not getting what we deserve. Over the last 16 years of liberal MP’s Manly has been used as the test guinea pig for privatisation. We have seen our ferries, buses and hospitals privatised which has seen the quality of these services decline and with the decline of these services the quality of life in Manly has plummeted and become more expensive. For all the money this privatisation has meant to have saved we have seen very little of this money returned to the electorate. I want to change this and get Manly back to having a greater quality life for all and see investment on the beaches that we deserve. 

Northern Beaches Living members have told us that rising costs for households is a key election concern for them. How will you advocate on their behalf for policies on this issue? The cost of living crises on the beaches has become increasingly worrying. Our housing market is a major concern whether it be owning or renting. Labor has plans to address housing affordability for both renters and those who seek to own a property.   

For first home buyers looking to get into housing market Labor will waive stamp duty on properties up to eight hundred thousand and have concessions on properties up to a million dollars to help get first home owners into the market.  

We will be introducing legislation to help renters get a place while having pets, end no grounds evictions, end secret rent bidding, introduce a portable rent bonds scheme and establish a rental commissioner to help establish and introduce key pieces of legislation.  

¬†Transport is another major concern for locals. How will you seek to improve‚ÄĮtransport conditions in the area?¬†¬†Labor will return the freshwater class to service. Initially it will be two vessels back on the run while the backlog of maintenance is assessed before seeing the return of the 3rd and 4th vessel. This will provide reliability and capacity for the manly service to deal with swell and big crowds whilst also retaining a fast service for commuters.¬†

 The buses has also been a concern. Since the privatisation of the buses we have seen runs cut, stops removed, cancelations and general quality of service drop. Labor will establish a committee to examine transport contracts. This will see routes and stops that were cut returned as well as the wages cap for the public service removed to encourage drivers to the industry to help with staffing shortages. 

The last Federal election showed that Independent candidates are a strong force on the Northern Beaches. If you are an independent‚ÄĮcandidate, how will you work with the major parties if elected? And if you are from a political party, how will you work with independents if elected?¬†I believe every party has a part to play and great political discussion achieves the greatest outcomes. If elected I would work with all sides of parliament to achieve legislation that is well thought through.¬†¬†¬†

 What will you advocate for on the below, which are either key local issues or important to the local community?: 

Teacher shortages We will convert ten thousand casuals/temporary teaches positions to permanent positions as well as removing the wages cap to help ensure a fair wage and job stability for teachers to entice people into the industry to help fill teacher shortages. 

Shark nets¬†I will advocate for sensible, modern solutions to keep our beaches safe. Myself and Labor understand that sharks play an important role in the marine ecosystem, and that shark nets kill a range of other non-target, innocent marine life. The recent rollout of drones for increased aerial surveillance, along with the deployment of smart drumlines, VR4G listening stations and greater community awareness and education programs is a welcome step forward to a more pragmatic and holistic‚ÄĮmanagement‚ÄĮapproach. Labor supports‚ÄĮongoing research, trials, and the development of these technologies. I will advocate that as these measures are proven to more effective that we should as a community make a reassessment of shark nets.¬†

Ensuring integrity in politics Labor will put and end to jobs for the boys and political donations from lobbying groups such clubs NSW helping maintain integrity in politics  

 Mental Health Labor will invest over eight million dollars to provide additional lifeline chat services to help cope with a surge in demand for the service. 

 Gambling Issues Labor will be banning the promotion of gaming lounges outside of venues, will reduce the amount of pokies in NSW,  reduce cash input limits from 5000 to 500, will establish a 100 million fund for harm minimisation and will conduct a cashless gaming card trial.  

 Koala endangerment Labor has a comprehensive plan on Koalas this election that will save Koalas from extinction. Labor has committed $80 million to create an iconic Great Koala National Park on the mid north coast. Labor will also save the Koala populations South of Sydney by establishing a Georges River Koala National Park on public land between Glenfield and Appin and protecting the wildlife corridors in Woronora Heights, transferring them from Sydney Water to National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS). 

 Labor will also ensure the statutory review of the Biodiversity Conservation Act strengthens environmental protections, stops run away land clearing, and fixes the biodiversity offset scheme. NSW Labor will also work cooperatively with the Commonwealth Government to meet the objectives of the Threatened Species Action Plan 2022-2032 and the 30% protected areas by 2030 commitment to meet the goal of no new extinctions. 

 Additionally, Labor will work with stakeholders to reduce reliance on native forests and meet more of our timber demands from plantations. 

¬†Affordable Housing on the Beaches¬†Labor and myself recognise the housing crisis is a top issue, particularly for young voters this election.‚ÄĮ¬†

¬†Manly has a lot of renters, and Labor has a comprehensive‚ÄĮplan to make renting fairer in NSW.‚ÄĮ We will allow pets in rentals, introduce‚ÄĮportable bonds when moving, end no grounds evictions, ban secret rent bidding, help renters get solar & energy efficiency upgrades, and establish a Rental Commissioner to defend renters rights.‚ÄĮ¬†

¬†We also want to help more people afford their own home, so we will abolish or reduce stamp duty for 95% of first home buyers. That means abolishing stamp duty for purchases up to‚ÄĮ$800,000, and concessions on purchases up to $1m.¬†

  As well as ending the sell off of social/ affordable housing. 

 A Northern Beaches public hospital or better health system The northern beaches hospital should never have been a private asset and I will fight tooth and nail to see it back in public hands 

Gas exploration off our coast¬†I am strongly opposed to any gas exploration off the coast, and so is NSW Labor.‚ÄĮNSW Labor recently reiterated our long standing opposition to the PEP-11 project. We stand with our Federal Labor colleagues in this opposition, as we have for over a decade.¬†

Beaches Link Tunnel¬†The Liberal government has been promising the tunnel since 2017, and have now indefinitely scrapped the plan. This has left the Northern Beaches with no transport solutions.‚ÄĮ We don’t need new expensive roads for the Northern Beaches, we need new investments in public transport, like an East-West B Line service along Warringah Road.‚ÄĮ¬†

¬†Are there any other main‚ÄĮissues you see as important for this election, and how will you advocate for them?¬†¬†As an indigenous Australian I would like to see more representation of my culture in my community I have already done this by getting the aboriginal flag flown permanently on our ferries but I want to take this further by getting artwork on out boats/buses and uniforms for transport workers as well as seeking more acknowledgment for local indigenous elders in parks and in greenspaces,¬†¬†

 If elected, how will you stay in touch with the community and their concerns? To keep in touch with the community I would attend local forums to hear any concerns from locals as well as posting out my own newsletter and holding community engagement days.  

How can locals stay up to date with your campaign in the leadup to the election? They can follow my campaign social media under Jasper Thatcher Labor for Manly or come up and ask me questions if they see me around Manly. 

 

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