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NSW independent candidate for the Senate Liam Munday has a vision for the future.

The 32 year-old Brunswick Heads diver has turned his skills to politics in a heart-felt quest to promote the concept of Ubuntu.

Ubuntu, a collective African term for unity, harmony and prosperity for all, would see an end to the stranglehold world banks have on the everyday lives of people trying to eke out a living and pay for their homes.

Instead, Ubuntu Australia promotes a system of local banking and contributionism.

‘Contributionism allows every person to contribute to the community,’ Mr Munday said.

‘Skills are valued, rather than monetary value or the position they hold in the workplace or on the corporate ladder.’

Mr Munday met with fellow members of Ubuntu Australia and interested parties at Murwillumbah on Sunday to discuss future plans.

These include the creation of eco villages that combine the use of sustainable energy, clean water, local interest-free banking and the skills of community members.

‘It’s the way of the future and we, as a species, have to address where we are heading,’ Mr Munday said.

‘Our current path is not sustainable.

‘Everyone today is questioning the future.

‘It lies in creating a sustainable environment, but equally important is the well being of those living in that environment.’

Mr Munday said the pressure on people at present is “phenomenal.”

‘There is a solution,’ he said.

‘People are waking up to the fact that that the current system is failing us.

‘Ubuntu gives us a clear option.

‘The economy is crashing and people are searching for an alternative to a stress-driven, monetary system.

‘They are tired of empty political promises and stressing over where the next dollar is coming from.

‘They live in fear of losing their jobs, losing their homes and are forced to live a life that denies them happiness and fulfilment.”

According to Ubuntu’s founder, South African author Michael Tellinger, ‘money doesn’t make the world go round. People do.’

‘With this is mind, contributionism is the answer,’ Mr Munday said.

‘The beauty lies in its simplicity.

‘It’s do-able, it’s real, it’s here and it’s the future.

‘Ubuntu Australia welcomes you to be part of that future,’ he said.

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