Thank you again for all your tremendous support during the campaign.
Together, we made history.
The energy, commitment and true sense of community created something extraordinarily special.
With the AEC count continuing (and former Senator Seselja yet to concede) we haven’t officially claimed victory…yet.
However, based on the count to date and indicative preference flows from our crack team of scrutineers (a huge thank you to everyone who has volunteered on this too!), we are confident we have the numbers to secure the seat.
So stay tuned, we will let you know as soon as we are in a position to claim the win.
A chance to catch up and say thank you
In the meantime I’d love the opportunity to catch up and thank you in person for all your contributions to the campaign. This would not have been possible without the hard work of all our 2200+ volunteers.
We will be meeting up at The Dock at Kingston Foreshore this Sunday 5 June from 3pm to 5pm. Please come along if you can.
There are further events in the pipeline including our first town hall and a tree planting day in Spring - with more details to follow shortly.
Capturing your campaign insights
We’re also keen to learn from you about what worked well in the campaign and what improvements could be made. Please take a few minutes by 11 June to fill in this anonymous survey. We’ll get back to you later in the month about taking forward these ideas.
Community has been the heart and soul of this campaign and once the results are out, I’ll share more about some initial steps to make sure that continues - changes to the website, community events, the volunteer program and more.
I am sure you will also have other ideas about how to continue the conversations we’ve started and reach out to others. Please share your thoughts in the survey or at one of our catch ups – I know that together we can make politics about people again.
Returning & recycling corflutes
You will be able to drop off yard signs, booth boxes and other campaign material at our storage facility (Storage King Fyshwick, 25 Ipswich St Fyshwick. Compartment number K01-1) on Wednesday 8 June between 12.30-1.30pm or 4.30-5.30pm.
Many people have also approached us with wonderful ways to reuse the corflutes. If you would like to put your hand up to keep or take some corflutes, and haven’t already done so, please send an email to [email protected]
The next official step in the election process is for the AEC to finish counting. Once all the ballots have been scanned and checked, the AEC will then distribute preferences and declare the results. We expect that to happen some time in the next few weeks with the deadline being 28 June - the date the writs are due to be returned.
Once the result is declared we can officially set up the electorate and parliament house offices and staff teams, although preparations for this are already underway.
This will be followed by an induction process, culminating in an official swearing in on the first day of parliament resuming, scheduled for 26 July 2022.
Shortly after that I’ll have the opportunity to make my maiden speech and I hope to see many of you in the gallery on that day sharing in the outcome you helped achieve.
In the interim we’re continuing to engage with a series of community meetings and progressing work on our campaign commitments, including around Territory rights and other key priorities.
I hope to see you on Sunday or at another of our community events very soon.
Thank you again,