I live here on the beautiful North Coast with my wife Monika and our two young children, Acacia and Miles.
I’m running to be your local member of parliament because I want our children to continue to be able to afford to live on the North Coast. I want them to be able to get a decent education like the one I got from Byron Bay High School. I want them to get secure jobs so they don’t have to move to Sydney or Brisbane when they grow up.
As a campaigner in the community sector, along with thousands of workers across NSW, I fought for, and won, equal pay for women working in domestic violence refuges and our biggest charities. As a campaigner at the Australian Conservation Foundation, I fought to save the Great Barrier Reef, combat climate change and increase renewable energy.
Now, I’m ready to fight for the people of the Ballina and Byron Shires.
I have been a passionate campaigner against inequality all my life. The cost of housing and electricity is forcing many people to have to leave our community. I want to fight to make sure that Ballina and Byron Shires are places where we can all live, work, retire or raise a family.
When I was growing up here, my playground was the local forests. I will fight for laws that protect our koalas, restore our rivers and maintain our local environment so my children can make it their playground too.
Our community must have a strong, effective voice in a new Labor Government. Your voice in a Labor Government will deliver more jobs, better schools, better roads and shorter hospital waiting lists for our local community.