Message from Zoe Daniel, 12th January, 2022
I hope you have managed to find an opportunity to rest and catch up with family and friends over the festive season. Dodging Covid has become a full-time job and I know that many of you will have been directly affected by the virus in the last few weeks. I hope that you and your loved ones have been able to work through that and for those who are unwell, your community is thinking of you.
The undersupply of RATs has once again exposed some flaws in planning and leadership that highlight the reasons for my decision to run as your community independent for Goldstein. By finding our voice we can have a direct say in the way that issues like this are managed in Canberra. Those of you who have struggled to find or afford RATs, been confused about what to do if you are a close contact or infected and had to close or downsize your business operations due to lack of staff, will understand what I am talking about.
My position is that RATs should be freely available (much cheaper than PCR testing which is free), third vaccine doses should be encouraged and accelerated, taking into account the number of teenagers who will be headed back to school in need of a third dose and that children under 12 must be prioritised. Teachers too.
In my mind, one of the biggest issues of our time is trust in leadership. This lack of trust is further eroded when we as citizens cannot have confidence in the decisions that are being made on our behalf or transparency about the process of that decision making. As an independent, I can help bring that certainty through calm, measured and strategic policy analysis and by holding the major parties to account. This is much needed and is central to the job of an independent.
As we focus on Covid once again though, I want to make sure that we don’t take our eyes off the other major issue of our time, climate. In a post pandemic environment, smart, economically driven decision making that considers the risks and more to the point opportunities presented by climate change will be more critical than ever.
We are making great strides on campaign planning and policy development, and we will have events and opportunities to meet popping up all over the place from around the end of the month. It remains unclear when the election will be. It could be anytime from early March to late May so be prepared for either a sprint or a marathon!
Please keep talking to your friends, family, acquaintances, and workmates about our community independent campaign and what our key aims, and platforms are. This is the only way we will win this election and get an independent member for Goldstein to Canberra.
In the meantime, be well.
If not us, who? If not now, when?