Simon St Hill 56, Technical Director, Kew East
Simon feels independents can better represent ordinary peoples’ concerns and hold the state government to account.
We’ve done a great thing in Kooyong by electing Monique Ryan and in Goldstein with Zoe Daniel. The whole tone has changed now we have more community independents.
There is more considered debate about issues. You see the crossbench asking tough questions of the federal government, whereas the opposition is just sloganeering and opposing without asking for detail.
Independents like Monique and Sophie want to listen to their constituents. They're not bound by party constraints.
One of the things I really like about Sophie is her community engagement. She spoke about that in depth during her launch and I thought that was really awesome. The things she’s done like running a parents’ association and sewing masks during the pandemic are incredibly valuable to the community. The second thing I really like is her commitment to climate action.
Climate change is the number one key driver for me. As an engineer, I think we owe it to future generations to solve this problem. It's just a technical problem that is 100% solvable. What I’ve realized over the years is that we've got the technical solutions, but we need the political will to make it happen. I think the independents can ensure issues are discussed and there’s less shouting and personal slurs.
"I’m not happy with the two-party system. I think the major parties are driven by interest groups and lobbyists and they don’t listen to their constituents."
With Dan Andrews, I think there is some corruption going on and our IBAC (Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission) is weak and underfunded. Dan shuts down debate and the Liberals aren’t any good at asking the tough questions. We need independents asking questions to keep the government in line.
I'd suggest voters strongly consider Sophie as their candidate and have a look her policies. Political parties are not footy teams. Please don't just vote for the one you barrack for. Think about what you want and whose policies align best with your views. For me, it's Sophie because of climate action, integrity, and community engagement.
What do you love about Kew East?
I live north of the freeway and south of the river. It feels like bushland but I’m in the city. Not only that, but I’ve also got great amenity to public transport, shops, everything.