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North Sydney By-election 2015 - a chance to change your fate

The Sustainables are pleased to endorse a truly local candidate for the 2015 North Sydney by-election - our party president William Bourke. William has a background in small business, finance and marketing, as well as a passion for nature and sustainable living.
His platform in this election includes:
Saving Royal North Shore Hospital from public land sell-offs
Education and childcare places for all
Stopping our rampant overdevelopment
Housing affordability for renters and first home buyers
Reducing the rapid population growth that's part of our growing local problems

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From William:

As a long term local resident and small business owner in North Sydney, I'm privileged to represent our community movement in our party's heartland. Our national party HQ is based in North Sydney (Crows Nest).

Unlike the professional politicians I will be up against, I have over twenty years of work/life experience. I have completed two business degrees and have real world experience in finance, federal government corporate communications and importantly, small business.

I regularly enjoy the outdoors including running and bushwalking in Sydney's national parks where it is possible to see our magnificent native wildlife including goannas, wallabies and kookaburras. We are very blessed on the North Shore, and need to conserve it for future generations.

You'll find my full bio here: CLICK HERE

There are a number of key issues I will be campaigning on for the people of North Sydney, including:

  • Saving Royal North Shore Hospital from public land sell-offs
  • Education and childcare places for all
  • Stopping our rampant overdevelopment
  • Housing affordability for renters and first home buyers
  • Reducing the rapid population growth that's part of our growing local problems

All of these key issues and many more are addressed in our policies page.

I also believe that the major parties are too closely aligned to vested interests, including the big end of town and big unions. We need transparent governments that get back to focusing on the public and national interest.

I am very proud of our community movement that I founded in 2010. We reject the old left–right political spectrum, along with its fixed political positions and ideologies. Instead we pursue centrist, evidence-base policies, for all Australians.

I'd like to communicate with as many residents of North Sydney as possible. So, please contact me with your questions and any feedback.

You'll find my campaign media release here: CLICK HERE

We need to redefine 'growth' to secure a better, not bigger North Sydney and Australia.

Please give me your support and your #1 vote.

That's the only way to protest the rapid population growth policies of the Liberals and Greens (Labor didn't have the courage to run).

Vote 1 SUSTAINABLE!

Comments

"Sustainable" is such a generic, almost meaningless word now, and a victim of over-use. The word is used to justify what's actually not sustainable, as an oxymoron. Why leave out the word "population" from the Party's name? It's too general, and too bland.

The Party should not be coy in addressing population growth as the "everything" issue. Perhaps Better, not Bigger would have been a better name for the Party, considering it's agenda of addressing the social-economic dystopia of BIG!

The addiction cycle of population growth won't be stopped with soft-footing, and edging around the topic. So much of our economy is addicted to housing, construction and real estate. It means keeping the growth machine rolling, to keep up the artificial demand for housing.

We've been so conditioned to thinking anything about "population" and "immigration" is race-based, and thus shunned - not debated. The immigration issue is dominated by the debate on asylum seekers, and the bulk of our growth is not discussed. The media treat population growth as an inevitable truth, one that has to be planned for! There's no place for being shy, or reluctant to mention the P word for population in this political agenda!

I approve the new name of the party. The name of a party is a bit of a tag just as is the name of a person. "Liberal"can mean different things at different times and in different contexts so one could almost say it is meaningless.
Politics is the art of the immediate and as someone who has given out "how to vote" information at polling booths, the easier it is to explain something in 10 seconds, the better.
There are no real ambiguities or negatives in the word "sustainable" even though it is overused and exploited. With the name "Sustainable Australia" one does not need to get into a complete tangle with voters on their way to the polling booth and then never get the chance to properly explain policies. I think the new name is easier to work with.