Who owns government? According to Mark Swivel, comedian, lawyer and soon to be federal senate candidate, it is you! And he is calling everyone who is ready to ‘make Australia slightly better than average again’ to get involved in the very first conference of The Together Party.
This is no comedic act, the Together conference is running on February 15 and 16 from 10am to 5pm at the Mullum Ex-Services club with a wide range of talks and workshops. They will be discussing issues from climate change and industry policy, to the arts and Australia’s place in the world.
‘In short, this is an event to think through how to Rebuild Our Commonwealth, an action plan for our 2019 election campaign,’ said Mark.
‘Together presents a challenge to Australia – disruption is everywhere except politics – let’s change that. Our majors don’t own our government, we do. And we need to restore it to its role as a force for positive change.’
To get the juices, ideas and excitement on the move Mark has lined up a diverse range of speakers. Belinda Kinkead, an engineer and director of LO3 Energy Australia will lead discussion on energy policy and climate change; professor Patrick Keyzer, head of LaTrobe Law School, will look at human rights and the world we want to live in. Performer and creator of Wonderbabes, Kate McDowell, will look at a life in the arts while professor Julian Knowles a Macquarie academic and muso will be making sense of higher education. Broadcaster Mick O’Regan will be taking on the thorny issue of journalism and democracy.
‘It’ll be fun – especially on Friday night when we’re entertained by Bec Melrose, winner of RAW Comedy 2018 and Pinky Beecroft, ex-Machine Gun Fellatio frontman. But this is serious, mum – members will be engaged in policy debates and developing strategy and tactics for the coming campaign’,’ he said.
A new force
‘Together is a new political force, part of the new independent wave that will change #auspol and our “national conversation” at the 2019 federal election. Together has applied for registration with the Australian Electoral Commission and will campaign at least in the Senate for NSW. We have over 700 members, a policy platform, a motivated committee and militia of volunteers. We would love to talk to you about our plans, our platform and the coming campaign!