Prior to attending a workshop on politics and democracy before Christmas I must admit I was feeling fairly flat about the whole political landscape in Australia. This feeling of frustration and embarrassment at what was being played out during the ICAC hearings with our politicians was to say an all time low.

Why had good leadership, inspiration, values and integrity been compromised with so much self interest?

Today as I walked the streets of Yamba so many people told me how much they hated politics.

So did I until I went to this amazing political workshop in Victoria where two guest speakers and 300 people just like me showed me there is a better way in politics.

This better way only comes when people actually take responsibility for who they vote for and how they can make their politician accountable. Political parties have for more than 20 years focused their attention on lobby groups taking their eye off their members and supporters.

In the Victorian 2013 Federal election, one group called ‘Voices for Indi’ showed the rest of Australia through their grass roots campaign, communities can fight back and make their politicians accountable.

This is what I am hoping to achieve by standing for the Seat Of Clarence.

My grassroots campaign is about listening to the people and working out what issues are important to them.

We must lead by example to make way for the next generation.

St James Ethics Centre Simon Longstaff and former Federal Independent Tony Windsor at the Democracy workshop at Yackadandah Victoria.

St James Ethics Centre Simon Longstaff and former Federal Independent Tony Windsor at the Democracy workshop at Yackadandah Victoria.

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