There’s been plenty of media buzz about the election result, with journalists wanting to understand how community-backed Independents managed to get such a high vote.
WATCH: Zali on historic election results, the public mandate for climate change action, integrity, and progress on women’s treatment
LISTEN: Zali talks 2022 climate election and 'teal' Independents with BBC Radio
WATCH: Zali explains success of Independents and dispels myths (Sky News). Complex issues require collaboration. Communities know this. They want to see their leaders work together on climate - to make up for years of division, delay and inaction
WATCH: Zali on Independent election wins & climate change in Federal election (Sky News)
Climate and Energy Crisis
Years of energy policy negligence have come to a head during this energy crisis. I look forward to the 47th Parliament working together in the National interest to reduce pressure on households and business, and make strong progress in our transition to net zero.
OPINION: Renewable Energy Storage Target can stabilise grid and accelerate transition
READ: Zali’s opinion piece on the importance of implementing a Renewable Energy Storage Target to accelerate transition while ensuring the reliability and security of the grid. (The Australian – 23rd June, 2022)
READ: Australian Financial Review - As Labor plans to legislate their 43% emissions reduction target, Zali shares what a successful Climate Change Bill should contain
READ: Chief political correspondent Bernard Keane suggests Zali’s Climate Bill is the solution to Labor’s twin dilemmas on climate (Crikey).
Science shows Labor's target of 43% emissions reduction is consistent with 2 degrees of warming. This means the wipeout of the Great Barrier Reef. It must be a minimum floor to Australia’s emissions reduction plans, and all policies and levers should be geared to have the potential to deliver greater emissions reduction.
A 60% target is not only possible for Australia, but necessary and profitable. It will improve our standing with our regional partners and deliver great economic opportunities.
The culture in Parliament has been under the spotlight lately. We have seen Parliamentary conduct fall out of step with standards expected from high office. Implementing a code of conduct is an important step we can take to show parliamentary staff and colleagues - and all Australians - the respect they deserve.
READ: Independents push for a Parliamentary Code of Conduct
WATCH: Ultimately, these sorts of reforms will improve our democracy, start to rebuild trust and respect for government and our parliament, and restore order and a semblance of dignity to proceedings. Communities across the country have chosen change, and with it, strong independent representation. The 47th parliament should reflect this new era of Australian politics.
Visit to Sydney Harbour Federation Trust sites with new Environment Minister
Thanks to the Minister for the Environment, the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, for taking an early and active interest in the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust sites in Warringah and for inviting me to tour them.
North Head, 10 Terminal and Chowder Bay are beautiful parts of our country, rich with nature, heritage and history. However, they need investment to restore the buildings, open them for access to the community and to better tell the environmental stories as well as Indigenous and military history of the spaces. I look forward to working with the new Government to give these sites the attention they deserve.
Australian Local Government General Assembly
Terrific to speak to delegates at the 2022 Australian Local Government General Assembly. Our councils are on the front line of service delivery and I was able to share my thoughts about how all three tiers of Government can work together to achieve the best possible outcomes for our communities.
I was so heartened to see the level of diversity of representation at a local government level - our Federal Parliament could learn a lot on that front. It was wonderful to speak to a range of Mayors and Councillors including some from back home in Warringah!
Great to see Balmoral Burn back on after 3 years, raising money for the Humpty Dumpty Foundation. Fantastic community spirit with lots of schools, corporates and family teams participating, even local Mosman mayor, to raise funds for the Humpty Dumpty Foundation helping to make a significant difference to those on the frontline and sick kids in hospital.
Seaforth Bowling Club
So nice to catch up with many from Team Zali for an election wrap up and some fun bowling at Seaforth Bowling Club. Thank you so much to everyone, it has been an amazing team effort! #TeamZali #WarringahVotes
It may have been a chilly night in Canberra but there was a lot of warmth in the room at the "Leadership 2022" summit hosted by Australian Progress.
The leadership summit convened 220 of Australia's top civil society CEOs, union leaders, philanthropists and think-tank directors to provide a unique forum for them to connect and shape advocacy plans for the coming term of government.
I was delighted to share the stage with some of my brand new colleagues on the Crossbench - Dr Monique Ryan, the member for Kooyong, Zoe Daniel, Member for Goldstein, and North Sydney's Kylea Tink.
There is a lot of positive energy and hope for the 47th Parliament! Bring it on!
I'm sure you all have memories from primary school of collecting clothing, buying Christmas cards or rattling a tin to support Stewart House.
The team there do an incredible job of ensuring that kids in need from right across NSW and the ACT have the opportunity to access optometric, dental and medical treatment as well as emotional support while spending 10 days at the beautiful Curl Curl Beach.
I was delighted to join with Mayor Michael Regan, Layne Beachley and Dr Sophie Scamps, the new Member for Mackellar, to celebrate Stewart House's 90th Birthday and to help raise much needed funds to keep this incredible service going. Happy Birthday Stewart House and well done to all involved in this important work.
Manly West Public School Turns 100
We cut the cake on 100 years of Manly West Public School! What a pleasure to be invited by Principal Julie Organ to attend this historic occasion for Manly West PS. It was wonderful to see a community come together to celebrate, previous students now in their 90s, previous principals spanning the decades, teachers who have dedicated years to their beloved school, a thriving P&C community and of course the wonderful children who make the school so special. The celebrations included hearing from students past and present, the wonderful choir and orchestra, an uplifting Indigenous dance, a rendition of a popular song from Matilda the Musical involving Kindy to Year 6 and a special treat to hear from Manly West’s very own Olympian, Brooke Hansen. Happy Anniversary Manly West PS!!!
Dream Big at NBSC Cromer
I was invited to speak to young female students at Northern Beaches Secondary College Cromer this week. They have a wonderful careers program in place “Dream Big! Love What You Do”.
I was able to share my own journey in my chosen careers of Olympic Skier, Barrister and now Politician, the hurdles I overcame and the joy I found in each of my careers.
My messages to these young women are “Back Yourself” and “Focus on what you really want to do, give it 100%”. We talked politics and how important it is as a woman to be in the room when decisions are being made about your future. I spoke with some very engaged students who I feel confident have a future in politics, and that inspires me. Thank you Ms Clay and NBSC Cromer for inviting me.