I was the Greens candidate for Werriwa (2007 federal election) and Menai (NSW state election) in 2007 and many people asked me why I bothered being a candidate if I knew it would take up so much time which loses me business income and I wasn’t going to “win”:
There are several answers to that question which explain my motives:
- To make a difference – to quote Albert Einstein “The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing”.
Many people think that they’re only one person and can’t make a difference to large organisations like governments. I think you can change the system from the inside like Gandhi who said “We must be the change we wish to see“
Instead of complaining about Liberal/National party policies to like minded friends, by running as a candidate I could help collectively bring them down Federally and stop them from winning government in NSW.
- I’m dogged and tenacious – I work hard to achieve my objectives regardless of how hard they are.
- Strategy – By running a national campaign in all lower house seats, and every state and territory for the Senate the Greens could be seen as a serious 3rd force in Australian politics which can help to keep whichever party is in power accountable
- Spread awareness about Greens policies – in an area of Sydney that is not a stronghold of supporters for us.
- I’m public spirited – I do as much volunteer work and work “at cost” as I can for non-profit institutions because I enjoy helping others
Related article: read about My Experience as a Candidate at Federal and State Elections