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March 4, 2024

Matthew Hartley, independent candidate for Ballina

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Independent candidate for the seat of Ballina, Matthew Hartley.
Independent candidate for the seat of Ballina, Matthew Hartley.

After growing up running and riding in the bush, playing in the waves, and learning in libraries, I studied at the University of Sydney.

I’ve spent a year in hospital, a few years traveling, 9 years on a disability pension, 10 years in public housing, 20 years playing music (enthusiastically, if not very well), and 27 years in medical, psychological, and therapeutic research.

Currently, I help develop low-cost therapeutic technology.

I have campaigned for the Greens, and attempted to help the Labor Party grow up.

I like animals, especially dogs, horses, birds, and lizards, and have plenty of the last two at my house.

I dislike hypocrisy, corruption, cruelty, and the abuse of the community. I perceive no separation between humanity and environment, whether natural or social. I believe in the absolute necessity for people to have a home, a career, and a future.

Above all, I think we are better than what we get from crooks, shysters, spivs, bludgers, and the lethargy of the complacent. Humanity is on a journey from ignorance, gullibility, and the abuse of power by the strong, toward knowledge, wisdom, and the empowerment of the people. I understand pain, loss, despair, determination, compassion, and success. Let us choose life, love, and a better world.

Top 3 issues

The top three issues are: 3) our future direction, 2) our corrupt malaise, and 1) our ability to achieve change.

1) We are stuck, because gangs run our governments. On every issue, whether social, economic, or ecological, the public is always ahead of the major political parties. So, we need direct democratic involvement. Then you’ll see climate change solved, renewable energy replacing coal, medical breakthroughs, over-development stopped, rail rebuilt, and all the rest. It’s not hard, when you get past entrenched business interests.

2) It is corruption that leaves people homeless. It is corruption that wrecks lives. It is always corruption. Unless it is rooted out, we can never get proper decision-making. We need a strong, unbiased media, and representatives responsible to their electorates every week, not every 4 years. Above all, we must punish corrupt officials. Remove the corruption, and we’ll see the solutions come easily.

3) An informed, empowered public can decide our future. We already know what most of us want. Stable population, environmental protection, manufacturing, technology, and the education systems to release our potential. These things aren’t mysteries. But unless we break the political gangs, and end corruption, we will be trapped in more of the same.

The first local issue I will campaign on

As many people know, I champion the responsibility of an elected representative to listen to the local community. That is a promise I guarantee I can deliver.

As an independent, co-operating with other independents to counter the gang politicians, I can be effective (like Nick Xenophon) about the local communities rights, views, and dignity.

So, every issue; rail, hospital, over-development, public housing, homes for Australians…they all depend on one thing: that we the people be heard.

Vote independent, or instead of a widely-known representative, you’ll get just another brown paper bag, party machine, blob.


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  1. Interesting read. It’s refreshing to hear about the truth of the political system, not just some flowery nonsense about how good we have it. May vote for this candidate.

  2. I’ve known Matt for many years. He’s just what this electorate needs. He understands that what most of us want is quality of life, not more of this industrialized grave digging. Matt’s got my vote.

  3. I like what you have to say Mat. I think the biggest tissue to be resolved is making political donations to parties public. To me this is a start to keeping the bastards honest.
    Our current policies pushed in my face are growth/ growth /growth. When can we stop and smell the roses we have here in Oz and be happy with what we have. We have killed local manufacturing because we have overpriced everything and cant compete with cheaper overseas companies.
    Too much greed, I’m sick of the big end of town pushing their rhetoric which is self destructive to our planet and not sustainable in any way.
    I cant vote for either of the main parties as they are both pushing the same bullshit.
    I want to promote and hope we can prioritise on Australians first, get Australians and their kids in work first others later.
    Love to hear your comments on my opinions. I’m desperate to make my vote count!
    cheers Gary Alford

  4. Finally someone with a great sense of care for all people and the community. There is so much creeping evil out there and I truly hope this man can repave the way to honesty and a better way for the entire community, not just a few. The old ways of bribery and corruption are on their way out. Matthew Hartley is a ray of sunshine for the community. He’s got honesty and integrity written all over his face.


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