Tell us a bit about yourself:
I'm a dual-qualified UK/NSW lawyer with a corporate law background. I have worked at some of the biggest law firms in the UK and Australia and also with specialist boutique firms in Sydney. I am now the Principal Solicitor of my own law firm specialising in corporate and personal insolvency and restructuring related disputes/legal advice. In addition to my professional work, I also have a strong interest in public policy particularly in the areas of protecting our democratic institutions, integrity in politics, climate change (including climate-related litigation) and human rights.
What’s the best thing you enjoy about living on the East?
I love the beach-side lifestyle close to the vibrant city of Sydney. I spend a lot of my free time running or cycling in Centennial Park or walking my dogs along the spectacular coastal paths. I love spending time outside in nature, swimming in the ocean and feel extremely lucky and privileged to live in such a beautiful and lively area.
What made you join Voices of Wentworth?
I founded Voices of Wentworth with a small group of like-minded locals to facilitate better grassroots voter engagement with our Federal MP. Our objective is to provide a positive forum for local voters to find factual and expert information, ask questions, hold conversations and take appropriate action.
In the lead-up to the 2019 Federal election, I became increasingly concerned at the quality of media reporting in Australia and the lack of transparency and accountability being displayed by our Federal MPs. The apparent "capture" of the two major political parties in Australia by the fossil fuel industry and other large corporations due to the secrecy around political donations was another major concern.
At the time of the election itself, I found the level of misinformation being circulated in both mainstream and social media alarming. I was also concerned that very wealthy political donors were having a disproportionate impact on elections through their advertising spends which had the potential to erode our previously robust democracy.
In your own words what does democracy mean to you?In a robust and healthy democracy, issues on which the majority of Australians want to see strong action such as climate change, integrity in politics, Constitutional enshrinement of an Indigenous Voice to parliament and equal treatment of women, should be prioritised by elected representatives not sidelined or ignored. The Australian government is accountable to the Australian people. Institutions which are designed to support transparency, accountability and integrity such as the public broadcaster (ABC), the Auditor General and a National Integrity Commission should be established and protected. Voters must be able to trust their governments to allow democracy to flourish.