Candidates for 2022

Australian Capital Territory

Fenner, ACT

Bianca Russell

If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you have always got.

Through my work as a business woman, a leader and a speaker, I have met so many Australians who feel disillusioned with politics in our country. This year alone has brought many challenges that have fuelled the lack of trust in our leaders. Rather than feel fear and concern about the future, I choose to stand up. I choose to forge a path to change. I choose to act and make a difference and I choose The New Liberals as the champions for change in our country.

My efforts to now, have been focused on my work with charities and not for profit organisations. I have been successful in using my presence to gain support for those, but I yearn for much more. I am passionate about our country and I now choose to focus on the big picture, Australia, our people, our resources and ensuring a bright future for all who choose to live on this incredible land.

I choose to stand as a proud Australian. I choose to question the status quo and seek out answers. I choose to stand for change and I choose to be your voice.

0423 931 835
biancarussell79@gmail.com
LinkedIn

Fenner, ACT

Bianca Russell

If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you have always got.

Through my work as a business woman, a leader and a speaker, I have met so many Australians who feel disillusioned with politics in our country. This year alone has brought many challenges that have fuelled the lack of trust in our leaders. Rather than feel fear and concern about the future, I choose to stand up. I choose to forge a path to change. I choose to act and make a difference and I choose The New Liberals as the champions for change in our country.

My efforts to now, have been focused on my work with charities and not for profit organisations. I have been successful in using my presence to gain support for those, but I yearn for much more. I am passionate about our country and I now choose to focus on the big picture, Australia, our people, our resources and ensuring a bright future for all who choose to live on this incredible land.

I choose to stand as a proud Australian. I choose to question the status quo and seek out answers. I choose to stand for change and I choose to be your voice.

0423 931 835
biancarussell79@gmail.com
LinkedIn

Canberra, ACT

John Kelleher

I believe in our country. I don’t believe in our politicians. My faith in Australian politics has spiraled downward over the years. As a born and bred Canberran I was raised on a diet of news, politics and sport, and was inspired by the greater good that I saw as the purpose, the call of civic life. To advocate for the people and prosperity of Australia, for the means of bettering our fine country is a great and noble service, one that I believed others, greater than I would step-up for. Then I grew up.

My working life has varied. After graduating from university, I was called-upon by my father to work in our family business. Starting from the bottom, I began sweeping the floor, driving forklifts and delivery trucks through to sales, administration and finally managing the operations. At the age of 30 I decided on a change and moved north to enjoy life in another part of our beautiful land. Working in a sugar mill and beginning an electrical apprenticeship, I got great satisfaction working with my hands. However, I felt a calling to our youth, to education and for almost a decade, I have been an energetic and principled teacher. Seeing first-hand the condition and experience of our next generations and looking around and questioning the way our society has degraded, I haven’t been able to deny the dissatisfaction with the political class that myself and others are raising with one another.

I believe in our country. I don’t believe in our politicians. I know there is change in the air, and I know you do too. I have elected to put myself forward for you and our country. I believe in Australia and I believe in the Australian people. I am proud to be a member of The New Liberals. it is the vehicle for change that you and everyone you know is crying out for. Be part of this wave of change, join, vote and if you feel excited, then good – welcome aboard.

0403 260 228
jjkelleher@hotmail.com
LinkedIn

Canberra, ACT

John Kelleher

I believe in our country. I don’t believe in our politicians. My faith in Australian politics has spiraled downward over the years. As a born and bred Canberran I was raised on a diet of news, politics and sport, and was inspired by the greater good that I saw as the purpose, the call of civic life. To advocate for the people and prosperity of Australia, for the means of bettering our fine country is a great and noble service, one that I believed others, greater than I would step-up for. Then I grew up.

My working life has varied. After graduating from university, I was called-upon by my father to work in our family business. Starting from the bottom, I began sweeping the floor, driving forklifts and delivery trucks through to sales, administration and finally managing the operations. At the age of 30 I decided on a change and moved north to enjoy life in another part of our beautiful land. Working in a sugar mill and beginning an electrical apprenticeship, I got great satisfaction working with my hands. However, I felt a calling to our youth, to education and for almost a decade, I have been an energetic and principled teacher. Seeing first-hand the condition and experience of our next generations and looking around and questioning the way our society has degraded, I haven’t been able to deny the dissatisfaction with the political class that myself and others are raising with one another.

I believe in our country. I don’t believe in our politicians. I know there is change in the air, and I know you do too. I have elected to put myself forward for you and our country. I believe in Australia and I believe in the Australian people. I am proud to be a member of The New Liberals. it is the vehicle for change that you and everyone you know is crying out for. Be part of this wave of change, join, vote and if you feel excited, then good – welcome aboard.

0403 260 228
jjkelleher@hotmail.com
LinkedIn

Bean, ACT

 
Peta Swarbrick

How can I best describe to people why I am here, part of this amazing wave of change? How can I distil everything I believe into a short bio? Although it may not be possible, I will try articulate what it is that drives me to be here, now; part of this people powered movement for change.

I believe that values drive us all, emotionally and intellectually. I believe that without the values to support a just, and fair society, humanity cannot thrive or prosper. I believe that as people of both a local and global community, we have more in common than we do in difference. I believe that as a country our strengths, and our success lie in embracing our diversity, our resilience, our community and our shared values.

I believe in respect, empathy, transparency, and that means being prepared to deal with conflict, uncertainty, fallibility and complexity in ourselves and in our fellow citizens. I want to be part of a movement that advocates for listening to a variety of opinions, thinking through the solutions, responding with honesty to problems and taking responsibility for our choices and decisions.

I do not see that in our current political climate. Nowhere. Not left, not right, not green, not centre. I want to do something about that, and I want to empower others, who feel the same.

I love being Australian. I have lived in four other countries in my life time, travelled the world and encountered many and varied cultures. Those encounters have made me appreciate what we have: an incredible and unique environment, a country that was born at the dawn of time, home to the custodians of one of the world’s oldest civilisations, an economy that has delivered prosperity, a society that strives to be fair and just and a standard of living that is truly a privilege.

I want to protect what we have been given, and I want to build on the human and natural resources that we have. I don’t believe our potential can be realised under the current broken system.

I cannot sit by, while I watch the economically powerful few, reduce the potential prosperity, health and success of everyone in our society. I am not prepared to sacrifice the quality of life of our future generations, for power, status and profit. I believe that every human on this planet has something of value to contribute. Expertise, skill, influence, money or power do not deliver justice, fairness or equity without respect for all of our voices or our planet.

I have a voice, and I have decided to use it.

0432 391 755
peta@brybricks.com.au
LinkedIn
@petaswarbrick

Bean, ACT

Peta Swarbrick

How can I best describe to people why I am here, part of this amazing wave of change? How can I distil everything I believe into a short bio? Although it may not be possible, I will try articulate what it is that drives me to be here, now; part of this people powered movement for change.

I believe that values drive us all, emotionally and intellectually. I believe that without the values to support a just, and fair society, humanity cannot thrive or prosper. I believe that as people of both a local and global community, we have more in common than we do in difference. I believe that as a country our strengths, and our success lie in embracing our diversity, our resilience, our community and our shared values.

I believe in respect, empathy, transparency, and that means being prepared to deal with conflict, uncertainty, fallibility and complexity in ourselves and in our fellow citizens. I want to be part of a movement that advocates for listening to a variety of opinions, thinking through the solutions, responding with honesty to problems and taking responsibility for our choices and decisions.

I do not see that in our current political climate. Nowhere. Not left, not right, not green, not centre. I want to do something about that, and I want to empower others, who feel the same.

I love being Australian. I have lived in four other countries in my life time, travelled the world and encountered many and varied cultures. Those encounters have made me appreciate what we have: an incredible and unique environment, a country that was born at the dawn of time, home to the custodians of one of the world’s oldest civilisations, an economy that has delivered prosperity, a society that strives to be fair and just and a standard of living that is truly a privilege.

I want to protect what we have been given, and I want to build on the human and natural resources that we have. I don’t believe our potential can be realised under the current broken system.

I cannot sit by, while I watch the economically powerful few, reduce the potential prosperity, health and success of everyone in our society. I am not prepared to sacrifice the quality of life of our future generations, for power, status and profit. I believe that every human on this planet has something of value to contribute. Expertise, skill, influence, money or power do not deliver justice, fairness or equity without respect for all of our voices or our planet.

I have a voice, and I have decided to use it.

0432 391 755
peta@brybricks.com.au
LinkedIn
@petaswarbrick

Queensland

Brisbane, QLD

 
Bess Brennan

Passionate about purpose driven work, I began assisting those facing difficult life circumstances and personal hardship at age 17. My purpose has always been to create equal opportunities for children regardless of their socio-economic status, culture or life circumstances. I do not believe in a world where only some children are given a head start in life to fulfil their dreams. I do not believe in a world, where children are facing severe hardship without adequate support, funding and opportunity to change their life circumstances.

With over 8 senior years of experience leading education facilities Australia wide and Internationally, I have combined my corporate career with my passion and launched a Scholarship Program in 2019 to provide Certificate and Diploma level studies to Refugees and Asylum Seekers Australia Wide.

My vision, is to create a political shift to ensure no child regardless of race or status goes without adequate education and funding. My philosophy is strong and clear, that money should not be the determining factor to higher education pathways and that every person is deserving of a proper education to ensure they fulfil their highest life calling.

0481 358 471
bess@fwrd.marketing
LinkedIn
@Bessbrennan

Brisbane, QLD

Bess Brennan

Passionate about purpose driven work, I began assisting those facing difficult life circumstances and personal hardship at age 17. My purpose has always been to create equal opportunities for children regardless of their socio-economic status, culture or life circumstances. I do not believe in a world where only some children are given a head start in life to fulfil their dreams. I do not believe in a world, where children are facing severe hardship without adequate support, funding and opportunity to change their life circumstances.

With over 8 senior years of experience leading education facilities Australia wide and Internationally, I have combined my corporate career with my passion and launched a Scholarship Program in 2019 to provide Certificate and Diploma level studies to Refugees and Asylum Seekers Australia Wide.

My vision, is to create a political shift to ensure no child regardless of race or status goes without adequate education and funding. My philosophy is strong and clear, that money should not be the determining factor to higher education pathways and that every person is deserving of a proper education to ensure they fulfil their highest life calling.

0481 358 471
bess@fwrd.marketing
LinkedIn@Bessbrennan

Fisher, QLD

Yvonne Behrens

I was born in the 60’s growing up bare foot, and free. The Women’s’ movement challenged the status quo and was thus a paradigm shift. I could be and do anything regardless of my gender. The 70’s provided access to free tertiary education.

This was the LUCKY COUNTRY! People from most walks of life had the opportunity to study and partake in fulltime employment. Families could buy a home or be provided with public housing. Growing up in a single parent family, we were provided with public housing, which gave us a safe and affordable home.

I became a Primary School Teacher, and I met people from all walks of life. Working from the Sunshine coast to the Queensland outback. I have observed the diverse challenges from the coast to the bush.

Australia is no longer the LUCKY Country, if you are indigenous, unemployed, under employed, studying, a single parent or caring for a family member you are on Struggle Street. Indigenous people struggle to have a voice, yet alone be recognised as the first people of this land. The unemployed struggle to meet the necessities of life. The underemployed struggle week to week. The rich are getting richer the poor poorer and now we have an underclass who are poor, homeless or a wage away from homelessness. And of course, the inhumanity towards asylum seekers and refuges is an international shame.

I am appalled by the inhumane way our government treat the most marginalised people in this country, a government who refuse to listen to the people and fail to address the most pertinent and pressing questions facing our nation.

Our parliamentary system is broken!

As the candidate for Fisher, I promise to advocate for the diverse geographic needs of the electorate. I will not be gagged like the other members of the two party system. I will give Fisher a voice!

yvonnebehrens@thenewliberals.net.au

Fisher, QLD

Yvonne Behrens

I was born in the 60’s growing up bare foot, and free. The Women’s movement challenged the status quo and was thus a paradigm shift. I could be and do anything regardless of my gender. The 70’s provided access to free tertiary education.

This was the LUCKY COUNTRY! People from most walks of life had the opportunity to study and partake in fulltime employment. Families could buy a home or be provided with public housing. Growing up in a single parent family, we were provided with public housing, which gave us a safe and affordable home.

I became a Primary School Teacher, and I met people from all walks of life. Working from the Sunshine coast to the Queensland outback. I have observed the diverse challenges from the coast to the bush.

Australia is no longer the LUCKY Country, if you are indigenous, unemployed, under employed, studying, a single parent or caring for a family member you are on Struggle Street. Indigenous people struggle to have a voice, yet alone be recognised as the first people of this land. The unemployed struggle to meet the necessities of life. The underemployed struggle week to week. The rich are getting richer the poor poorer and now we have an underclass who are poor, homeless or a wage away from homelessness. And of course, the inhumanity towards asylum seekers and refuges is an international shame.

I am appalled by the inhumane way our government treat the most marginalised people in this country, a government who refuse to listen to the people and fail to address the most pertinent and pressing questions facing our nation.

Our parliamentary system is broken!

As the candidate for Fisher, I promise to advocate for the diverse geographic needs of the electorate. I will not be gagged like the other members of the two party system. I will give Fisher a voice!

yvonnebehrens@thenewliberals.net.au

New South Wales

Barton, NSW

 
Diane Markantonakis

What have I done? I was told that if I tried to save the world, I’d be burnt out by 25. But I’ve completed a double degree in Law and Global Studies, worked with the inspirational Human Rights for All, and had my fair share of bitter experiences with refugee and asylum seeker cases in the Federal Circuit Court. But all that’s done is equip me with grit, tenacity and resilience, and strengthen my burning desire to make a change. Refugees, particularly those locked away in mandatory detention, are the most vulnerable people in our community. They need our help.

What do I believe? If you have the tools to create change, use them. And never take liberty for granted. It is a precious gift. Use it to liberate others. Speak up! Step forward!

What is my goal? To work with The New Liberals to make sure that the fundamental human rights to shelter, economic security, refuge and a quality education, are available to all, not just some of the people in our great nation.

0411 672 912
Diane.markantonakis@hotmail.com
LinkedIn

Barton, NSW

Diane Markantonakis

What have I done? I was told that if I tried to save the world, I’d be burnt out by 25. But I’ve completed a double degree in Law and Global Studies, worked with the inspirational Human Rights for All, and had my fair share of bitter experiences with refugee and asylum seeker cases in the Federal Circuit Court. But all that’s done is equip me with grit, tenacity and resilience, and strengthen my burning desire to make a change. Refugees, particularly those locked away in mandatory detention, are the most vulnerable people in our community. They need our help.

What do I believe? If you have the tools to create change, use them. And never take liberty for granted. It is a precious gift. Use it to liberate others. Speak up! Step forward!

What is my goal? To work with The New Liberals to make sure that the fundamental human rights to shelter, economic security, refuge and a quality education, are available to all, not just some of the people in our great nation.

0411 672 912
Diane.markantonakis@hotmail.com
LinkedIn

Macarthur, NSW

 
Jennifer Philip

I am a retired public servant with service of over thirty years.

My mother was a single parent, but I was fortunate to grow up in a multigenerational household, with a great grandfather, grandparents, mother, siblings, aunt, uncle and cousins. Anyone who arrived at the house was always welcome, and could expect a meal and a place to sleep, even though there were only three bedrooms, occupied by 10 people.

I am particularly concerned about gender equality, including pay and career opportunities, better mental health care and services and excellent educational outcomes regardless of socioeconomic circumstances.

jenniferphilip@thenewliberals.net.au

Macarthur, NSW

Jennifer Philip

I am a retired public servant with service of over thirty years.

My mother was a single parent, but I was fortunate to grow up in a multigenerational household, with a great grandfather, grandparents, mother, siblings, aunt, uncle and cousins. Anyone who arrived at the house was always welcome, and could expect a meal and a place to sleep, even though there were only three bedrooms, occupied by 10 people.

I am particularly concerned about gender equality, including pay and career opportunities, better mental health care and services and excellent educational outcomes regardless of socioeconomic circumstances.

jenniferphilip@thenewliberals.net.au

Mackellar, NSW

 
Nina Mapson Bone

We have a saying at work: “If you are not part of the solution, then you are part of the problem”. For too long, I have found myself dissatisfied, disillusioned and disappointed in the state of Australian politics, on both sides of the spectrum. Until I said enough is enough and decided to be part of the solution. As a candidate for The New Liberals I feel hopeful, motivated and inspired and in turn, I want to inspire others.

As Managing Director of a mid-size recruitment firm, and President of our industry peak body, I understand the need for a thriving economy, for a business environment that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship, and for the right balance between job creation and job security.

My business career spans 25 years, and my number one passion is people. I am a collaborative individual, who loves a little chit-chat and engaging in insightful discussions. I thrive on building relationships, encouraging co-operation and helping people to achieve their full potential.

Our economy performs best when we look after our people and our environment. I believe we can do the right thing and be a successful and innovative nation. I chose to make Australia my home 20 years ago, and to raise my son here. Now I want to contribute to building a brighter future for him, and for our next generation.

0409 163 826
ninamapsonbone@gmail.com
LinkedIn
@NinaMapsonBone

Mackellar, NSW

Nina Mapson Bone

We have a saying at work: “If you are not part of the solution, then you are part of the problem”. For too long, I have found myself dissatisfied, disillusioned and disappointed in the state of Australian politics, on both sides of the spectrum. Until I said enough is enough and decided to be part of the solution. As a candidate for The New Liberals I feel hopeful, motivated and inspired and in turn, I want to inspire others.

As Managing Director of a mid-size recruitment firm, and President of our industry peak body, I understand the need for a thriving economy, for a business environment that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship, and for the right balance between job creation and job security.

My business career spans 25 years, and my number one passion is people. I am a collaborative individual, who loves a little chit-chat and engaging in insightful discussions. I thrive on building relationships, encouraging co-operation and helping people to achieve their full potential.

Our economy performs best when we look after our people and our environment. I believe we can do the right thing and be a successful and innovative nation. I chose to make Australia my home 20 years ago, and to raise my son here. Now I want to contribute to building a brighter future for him, and for our next generation.

0409 163 826
ninamapsonbone@gmail.com
LinkedIn
@NinaMapsonBone

Macquarie, NSW

 
Danika Lee

Do you remember a time in primary school where you had to give a presentation to your class on an influential person? I remember some of my class mates choosing sporting heroes, some that I had heard of and others I had not. I also remember someone doing their presentation on Kylie Minogue. At 10 or 11 years old, I chose to do my presentation on Martin Luther King Jr and his “I Have a Dream” speech. From early on, I knew I wanted to be involved in being a voice for others and standing for what is “right”.

My family has a 90-year history teaching in public education and I too am passionate about equal and inclusive education of children in properly funded schools. As a disability support worker, I understand the complexities that people with disabilities and their families face. As a young person whose family has been touched by mental health and suicides, the health and happiness of the people in this country needs to be a priority. Like me, every family in Australia has their own story.

I have recently completed my Bachelor of Laws. I began studying law as I thought it would be the perfect way for me to help others, especially the most vulnerable people in society- the ones who need help in advocating for themselves. The more I learnt about the law and our legal system, the more I understood that advocacy is multi-tiered and multi-dimensional. I believe that we are in a time where there is no longer room for divisive politics and that our Charter of Core Values can be agreed upon as the ‘right’ way for Australia to move into the future.

danikalee2406@gmail.com
LinkedIn
@DanikaLeeTNL

Macquarie, NSW

Danika Lee

Do you remember a time in primary school where you had to give a presentation to your class on an influential person? I remember some of my class mates choosing sporting heroes, some that I had heard of and others I had not. I also remember someone doing their presentation on Kylie Minogue. At 10 or 11 years old, I chose to do my presentation on Martin Luther King Jr and his “I Have a Dream” speech. From early on, I knew I wanted to be involved in being a voice for others and standing for what is “right”.

My family has a 90-year history teaching in public education and I too am passionate about equal and inclusive education of children in properly funded schools. As a disability support worker, I understand the complexities that people with disabilities and their families face. As a young person whose family has been touched by mental health and suicides, the health and happiness of the people in this country needs to be a priority. Like me, every family in Australia has their own story.

I have recently completed my Bachelor of Laws. I began studying law as I thought it would be the perfect way for me to help others, especially the most vulnerable people in society- the ones who need help in advocating for themselves. The more I learnt about the law and our legal system, the more I understood that advocacy is multi-tiered and multi-dimensional. I believe that we are in a time where there is no longer room for divisive politics and that our Charter of Core Values can be agreed upon as the ‘right’ way for Australia to move into the future.

danikalee2406@gmail.com
LinkedIn
@DanikaLeeTNL

North Sydney, NSW

 
Victor Kline

Remember Peter Finch in Network, when he leaned out the window and shouted: “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore.” I think there is a time in everyone’s life when they feel that way. Mine came when, as a barrister, I couldn’t watch the appalling treatment of refugees and asylum seekers anymore. In particular I couldn’t bear to watch around 1000 asylum seekers each year shunted through the courts without any legal representation at all (more like 2000 post Peter Dutton). So I formed the Refugee Law Project with just 10 law students and myself. Our aim was to try to give pro bono help to those 2000 people. A seemingly impossible task. But just 18 months on we have 35 volunteer barristers and 25 of the best final year students from Sydney’s law schools and another dozen or so graduate Volunteer Litigation Assistants, and we are close to achieving our goal of being able to offer everyone help. We lose a lot of the time because we are up against the power of a Government determined to spend as many billions of dollars as is needed, to keep us down. But at least we are in there fighting and it feels good.

My second “mad as hell moment” was when I realised that I couldn’t have a coffee with any of my friends, whatever their political persuasion, without us bitching about how frustrating, self-serving, and just plain ignorant all our politicians were, and how impotent we felt at having nowhere to go. My Liberal voting friends still voted Liberal but with no enthusiasm because Labor looked even worse. And my Labor voting friends, searched desperately for a reason to vote Labor, and in the end only did so because they looked the lesser of two evils.

So I drafted a Charter of Core Values for a new political party and showed it to everyone I knew. They all loved it, whatever their bent, Labor, Liberal or Green. Because it was not a politician’s document. It was a document of everyone’s key concerns, that looked at the needs of Australia and Australians, all of them, not just the politicians. And so The New Liberals was born. Politics without politicians. A grass roots team aiming to get us back to a place of justice all our citizens could be proud of, and all our visitors and neighbours would approve.

But if you want to know more about me, check out: The House at Anzac Parade.

0419 686 783
victorkline@thenewliberals.net.au
victorkline.com
The Refugee Law Project
LinkedIn
@victorklineTNL

North Sydney, NSW

Victor Kline

Remember Peter Finch in Network, when he leaned out the window and shouted: “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore.” I think there is a time in everyone’s life when they feel that way. Mine came when, as a barrister, I couldn’t watch the appalling treatment of refugees and asylum seekers anymore. In particular I couldn’t bear to watch around 1000 asylum seekers each year shunted through the courts without any legal representation at all (more like 2000 post Peter Dutton). So I formed the Refugee Law Project with just 10 law students and myself. Our aim was to try to give pro bono help to those 2000 people. A seemingly impossible task. But just 18 months on we have 35 volunteer barristers and 25 of the best final year students from Sydney’s law schools and another dozen or so graduate Volunteer Litigation Assistants, and we are close to achieving our goal of being able to offer everyone help. We lose a lot of the time because we are up against the power of a Government determined to spend as many billions of dollars as is needed, to keep us down. But at least we are in there fighting and it feels good.

My second “mad as hell moment” was when I realised that I couldn’t have a coffee with any of my friends, whatever their political persuasion, without us bitching about how frustrating, self-serving, and just plain ignorant all our politicians were, and how impotent we felt at having nowhere to go. My Liberal voting friends still voted Liberal but with no enthusiasm because Labor looked even worse. And my Labor voting friends, searched desperately for a reason to vote Labor, and in the end only did so because they looked the lesser of two evils.

So I drafted a Charter of Core Values for a new political party and showed it to everyone I knew. They all loved it, whatever their bent, Labor, Liberal or Green. Because it was not a politician’s document. It was a document of everyone’s key concerns, that looked at the needs of Australia and Australians, all of them, not just the politicians. And so The New Liberals was born. Politics without politicians. A grass roots team aiming to get us back to a place of justice all our citizens could be proud of, and all our visitors and neighbours would approve.

But if you want to know more about me, check out: The House at Anzac Parade.

0419 686 783
victorkline@thenewliberals.net.au
victorkline.com
The Refugee Law Project
LinkedIn
@victorklineTNL

Paramatta, NSW

 
Christina Chun

Biography to Come

christina@walker.org.au
@chriscwalker_

Paramatta, NSW

Christina Chun

Wentworth, NSW

 
Mike Gibbons

Armed with a BA LLB, I spent years in the investment and advisory sectors in Sydney, London and Hong Kong. In the last 15 years, I have been running my own business (specialising in employee relocations). In the background, I have dabbled in the media in various forms – radio writing and presenting plus developing new online TV content for politics and sport.

However, my enduring passion is to recapture a political approach in this country that represents everybody and delivers the vision and leadership this country desperately needs. In the last 30 years, we have witnessed the utter failure of the archaic 2 party system which sees zealots of one echo chamber attacking the zealots of another. There are no visionary leaders – nobody with a focus beyond the next election. Spin doctors hold greater sway than strategists. Science has become a matter of “belief”, not fact. We say we are a wealthy, developed country – but we have millions in poverty or in financial hardship. Quite simply, we have a broken system – and no interest from the perpetrators in fixing it.

I didn’t particularly want to be a politician – I wanted to use the media to change the way we view things. Now, I can do both. I look forward to explaining to Australians why our current politicians (and media) are letting us down – and lying about it. I want Australians to understand that sensible, important change is possible. But, most of all, I want Australians to have an opinion and a vote which is informed.

This is what I believe The New Liberals will deliver – and it is decades overdue.

0419 148 889
mg@eov.com.au
LinkedIn
@GruffaloGoose

Wentworth, NSW

Mike Gibbons

Armed with a BA LLB, I spent years in the investment and advisory sectors in Sydney, London and Hong Kong. In the last 15 years, I have been running my own business (specialising in employee relocations). In the background, I have dabbled in the media in various forms – radio writing and presenting plus developing new online TV content for politics and sport.

However, my enduring passion is to recapture a political approach in this country that represents everybody and delivers the vision and leadership this country desperately needs. In the last 30 years, we have witnessed the utter failure of the archaic 2 party system which sees zealots of one echo chamber attacking the zealots of another. There are no visionary leaders – nobody with a focus beyond the next election. Spin doctors hold greater sway than strategists. Science has become a matter of “belief”, not fact. We say we are a wealthy, developed country – but we have millions in poverty or in financial hardship. Quite simply, we have a broken system – and no interest from the perpetrators in fixing it.

I didn’t particularly want to be a politician – I wanted to use the media to change the way we view things. Now, I can do both. I look forward to explaining to Australians why our current politicians (and media) are letting us down – and lying about it. I want Australians to understand that sensible, important change is possible. But, most of all, I want Australians to have an opinion and a vote which is informed.

This is what I believe The New Liberals will deliver – and it is decades overdue.

0419 148 889
mg@eov.com.au
LinkedIn
@GruffaloGoose

Western Australia

Perth, WA

Trevor Rossiter

I am one of those people who has really tried his hand at everything. I completed high school in 1991 and went to work in the Public Service. I found myself having the privilege to work alongside many wonderful people in Centrelink. I was incredibly lucky to have exposure to many departments during my 13 years there – AUSTUDY, ABSTUDY, Pensions and Unemployment. It was one of the defining periods in my life. Not only was it where I met my wonderful wife, but it instilled in me a sense of fairness, compassion and a keen willingness to always try understand and help overcome the challenges so many people in our society face.

Then 11 September, 2001 happened. I watched with a sense of disbelief and struggled to make sense of the world and what was happening in it. I decided to enrol in a Bachelor of Social Science (International Relations and Critical Security) part time at Curtin University. I needed some sort of framework to help me understand the broader issues facing other nationalities, religions and races who felt that such action was an acceptable option. It took me 10 years to complete, whilst working full time and raising my two beautiful daughters, but I loved every second of it.

Since then I have been a storeman and forklift driver, Sales Account Manager, run my own picture framing business, managed an energy efficiency business, a railway signals workshop, FIFO logistics and a Logistics and Facilities Manager.

There have been times I succeeded when I thought I could never succeed and failed when I thought I could never fail. Through it all though I have always tried to maintain a clarity about what attributes were important for me to live by – honesty, a strong work ethic, compassion and a sense of humour. I always felt that if you played hard, played fair, looked after each other and had a laugh, regardless of the result, everyone benefitted.

I believe our current political parties, made up of career politicians, are neither playing the game hard nor fair. They are playing the game for the benefit their career, party, votes at the next election and interest groups. Rigid ideologies have replaced common sense. Profits above all else have replaced ensuring everyone is looked after.

It is time for a Wave of Change.

trevor.rossiter@iinet.net.au
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Perth, WA

Trevor Rossiter

I am one of those people who has really tried his hand at everything. I completed high school in 1991 and went to work in the Public Service. I found myself having the privilege to work alongside many wonderful people in Centrelink. I was incredibly lucky to have exposure to many departments during my 13 years there – AUSTUDY, ABSTUDY, Pensions and Unemployment. It was one of the defining periods in my life. Not only was it where I met my wonderful wife, but it instilled in me a sense of fairness, compassion and a keen willingness to always try understand and help overcome the challenges so many people in our society face.

Then 11 September, 2001 happened. I watched with a sense of disbelief and struggled to make sense of the world and what was happening in it. I decided to enrol in a Bachelor of Social Science (International Relations and Critical Security) part time at Curtin University. I needed some sort of framework to help me understand the broader issues facing other nationalities, religions and races who felt that such action was an acceptable option. It took me 10 years to complete, whilst working full time and raising my two beautiful daughters, but I loved every second of it.

Since then I have been a storeman and forklift driver, Sales Account Manager, run my own picture framing business, managed an energy efficiency business, a railway signals workshop, FIFO logistics and a Logistics and Facilities Manager.

There have been times I succeeded when I thought I could never succeed and failed when I thought I could never fail. Through it all though I have always tried to maintain a clarity about what attributes were important for me to live by – honesty, a strong work ethic, compassion and a sense of humour. I always felt that if you played hard, played fair, looked after each other and had a laugh, regardless of the result, everyone benefitted.

I believe our current political parties, made up of career politicians, are neither playing the game hard nor fair. They are playing the game for the benefit their career, party, votes at the next election and interest groups. Rigid ideologies have replaced common sense. Profits above all else have replaced ensuring everyone is looked after.

It is time for a Wave of Change.

trevor.rossiter@iinet.net.au
LinkedIn