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May 12, 2021

Byron Bay resident to run as independent in state election

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The spectrum for next year’s state election expanded considerably last week after Byron Bay resident Matthew Hartley announced his intention to stand – wheelchair and all – for the seat of Ballina.

Hartley, who also contested the previous federal election, says his goal is a statewide coalition of independents which would focus on delivering ‘The Reset Agenda’, based on a four-point agenda.

That includes: ‘eliminating political corruption, returning planning powers to local communities, direct democratic involvement and not another cent for Sydney – cancelling all public spending plans for Sydney and reallocating money to small projects in every local area.’

‘I stand for honest government and direct democracy,’ he says.

‘Our state and country are unduly influenced by crooks.

‘This is hardly big news, but it is the big problem. Corruption costs us a fortune and ruins everything. Possibly every bad decision can be traced back to a corrupt deal.

‘Direct public participation, via assemblies and citizens referenda, are the answer.

‘Giving local areas the power to say yes or no to exploitation proposals, and local populations real political power, will energise communities and promote regional identity.’

Hartley says the regions of NSW are the future, not Sydney. ‘Sydney must shrink, shed a million people, and cease to be a pit for taxpayers’ money.

‘We need small local infrastructure projects, not “hero” schemes to tunnel under Sydney and “coincidentally” pay millions to crook mates in the process. Burn the ALP, Liberal, Nationals machine.

‘Burn them all.’


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4 COMMENTS

  1. good luck man… thats a big battle you’re taking on. at least you back your words in by having a go and standing for something, whether its right ,wrong or going to actually have a chance of working in the real world not just the bubble that is Byron.It would be great to see you offer some positive initiatives to get the town moving rather than whining about how much money your not getting and continuing down the way of nothing getting done around town and costing a lot at the same time. What key initiatives are you supporting or introducing to keep the area moving forward in a cost effective sustainable and positive way?, that includes balancing budgets. Would you show us some positive initiatives that you have done in the past to give you some credibility going forward. Are you claiming that all the “bad” desicions by the local greens and current councillors are done via corrupt deals with crooks?

  2. Thanks for stepping up Matt, yes we are all fed up of the normal politics / corporate takeover of this country – time to take it back. I’m here if you need any help, meanwhile I wish you the best of luck 🙂

  3. Been in the area for 26 years and have been watching you… disgusted with government at local state and federal level… you may or may not be aware of GetUp movement…valuable ally??? check out also Australian Sovereignty Party principles… akin to yours… another ally? All power to you Dee

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