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Do pollies hear us? New group is out to make sure they do

The "Can You Hear Us?" project wants to shake the complacency of politicians and get voters thinking about real issues.
The "Can You Hear Us?" project wants to shake the complacency of politicians and get voters thinking about real issues.

NSW is mired in corruption - and our pollies are no longer listening to voters' issues, say a group of Lismore voters launching a bold experiment in democracy-building.

The Can You Hear Us? project is inspired by the Voice for Indi community campaign that saw Cathy McGowan's oust longstanding Liberal frontbencher Sophie Mirabella, in last year's federal election.

With its name an echo of the Bentley Blockade's protest chorus, it has the support of high profile gasfields-free identity Ian Gaillard, and former mayor Ros Irwin.

But spokesperson Vicki Gaillard said the group's only agenda was to discover what the real issues were facing the 72,500 voters in the Lismore electorate.

"We want to get as wide a view from the community as we can," Mrs Gaillard said.

To do that, the group wants Lismore voters to stage their own "kitchen table" discussions.

"Listening posts" will also be set up at street corners and markets around the electorate, from Tenterfield to Lismore to Murwillumbah.

Voters' views will be wrapped into a "people's charter" which it's hoped will engage voters - or possibly underpin the campaign of an independent candidate.

"We may look to find an independent either from inside or outside a political party but the group honestly does not have anyone in mind," Mrs Gaillard said.

Topics:  nsw election, politics



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