With the 2022 election, local activists are mobilizing to sponsor independent candidates for several government seats. The push – stronger and more organized since the 2019 election – is driven by concerns about climate change and integrity issues in particular, as well as a general declining confidence in the major parties,
There will be substantial funding and publicity support for more viable independent candidates. Businessman Simon Holmes is building A Court, a battle chest with his Climate 200, which currently has more than $1.5 million, while former Independent member for Indie, Kathy McGowan, who pioneered the “Voice” movement , assisting with advice to local groups. How to garner support
Asked why people have turned to campaigns like ‘Voice Off’, Holmes A Court says these groups are being “founded by people who feel genuinely hopeless”. He says expected target seats include Wentworth, North Sydney and Mackeller in Sydney, and Flinders, Kooyong and Goldstein in Melbourne. Hume may also be on the list. “There is a very strong ‘Vote Angus’ [Taylor] outside group [that] It also makes an interesting seat.”
Seeing many “voice” groups secure seats, McGowan says, “there’s a feeling that if you’re in a marginal seat, you’re better served by the government or the opposition. If you are in a safe seat for… [the locals] They want better representation and then of course they want more on policy areas.
She points out that crossbenchers “can be really effective. […] And I think people like the caliber of the crossbench. And in many cases they are far more effective in opposition or in government than the backbench.
A List of Ways to Die, Lee Rosevere, from the Free Music Archive.