August 1, 2022

Families must be at centre of Australia’s energy policy

Households and communities – the people who purchase and use electricity – must move to the centre of energy and climate policy.

May 5, 2022

Letter to the Editor – Cathy McGowan AO

Following a series of recent advertisements, I am pleased to confirm to your readers it is indeed true that Helen Haines is not me. If I stood tall, Helen stands taller.

September 8, 2021

Independents won’t forget broken promise

This opinion article on the 1000 day anniversary of the Government’s promise to establish a federal integrity commission was published in The Border Mail on September 8, 2021.

January 27, 2021

Mansfield Autism project deserves support

‘Gamechanger’ will help 480 people living with autism, offer more than 4000 respite nights per year, and create 124 new placements in teaching, allied health and training

October 2, 2020

The Budget is about announcements. We need delivery.

Next week, we all will be able to measure if the government has listened to our local communities and invested in significant projects across Indi

August 17, 2020

Community-owned renewables the pathway to prosperity

Regional Australia has the best renewable energy resources in the world and a boom in investment is already underway. Research shows that involving communities in renewable energy projects is the best way to maximise local jobs and lasting benefits.

July 29, 2020

COVID-19 and border closure: we must find a better way

Government should be working together to protect people and communities from COVID-19, but in this article for the public health journalism organisation Croakey, it concerns me that one state seeking to safeguard citizens within its borders should fail its nearest neighbours where we live as one community

May 26, 2020

Secret fossil-fuel led recovery plans deeply concerning

We deserve better than secret taskforces headed by executives with vested interests.  This is not the way Australians expect their Government to do business.

I invite all Australians to participate in a community-led renewable energy policy for regional Australia. We can shape our energy future together.

May 18, 2020

One year on – doing politics differently

A year after my election as the second Independent for Indi, I committed to tackling issues by “doing politics differently”. To me, this means listening carefully to community, delivering on promises, and being decent, honest and transparent about the decisions I am making as your representative.

April 7, 2020

Coronavirus response crucial, but scrutiny imperative

House of Representatives and Senate cross-benchers believe public trust is critical for the government’s health and economic response to coronavirus to succeed


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