Candidates for 2022

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

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

Australian Capital Territory

Bean, 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.

Bean, 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.

Canberra, ACT

Peta Swarbrick

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Canberra, ACT

Peta Swarbrick
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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

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

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

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

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

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

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