Northern Beaches local, Olympic medallist and barrister, Zali Steggall, will run in the seat of Warringah at the 2019 federal election.
Ms Steggall said she had decided to stand as independent to give the people of Warringah a voice from the sensible centre.
“I am someone who listens and understands what the people of Warringah value and will proudly represent those values to the Australian parliament,” Ms Steggall said.
“I’ve been actively listening to locals, businesses, clubs and social groups. The most common concern is the lack of action on climate change. People are also worried about the state of politics in this country, the lack of compassion on human rights, how rising congestion is disrupting our commutes, mental health and domestic violence.
“I’m passionate about standing up for these issues. I will keep listening through regular town hall meetings to make sure I represent the views of my electorate. I’m also taking expert advice to make factual, accurate decisions on the big issues.
“I support sensible centre economic policies for a strong, stable economy and will resist proposed changes to negative gearing, franking credits and capital gains tax.”
Ms Steggall said she would release detailed policy statements during the campaign that will focus on her priorities, which include:
• Effective climate strategy
• Business-friendly economy
• Boosting our healthcare
• Improving our commute
• Protecting our local environment
• Treating everyone with respect
• Honesty in politics
Short Biography – Zali Steggall OAM
I was born at Manly hospital in 1974 and went to Queenwood School, Mosman, where I am now a governor.
My family’s connection with Warringah is old. My father played for Manly Rugby Club and was a solicitor in the local area for over 30 years. I prepared for my first Olympics training on Manly Oval and was a Sea Eagles Angels member for many years. On March 27 1998, Mayor Sue Sacker presented me with the keys to Manly, near the Pathway of Olympians where I have a plaque. There is even a local restaurant named after me.
• 1992-2002 – Represented Australia in four Olympic Games, winning Australia’s first individual Winter Olympic medal in alpine skiing in 1998
• 2000 – Sydney Olympic torch relay bearer – Manly ferry leg
• 2004 – Inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame
• 2006 – Dip. Law, LPAB, NSW
• 2007 – Order of Australia Medal for contributions to charity and sport
• 2008 – Admitted as a barrister, now specialising in sport and family law
• 2017 – Appointed to the International Court of Arbitration for Sport
• 2018 - Appointed to Pyeong Chang Winter Olympic Games Ad Hoc CAS Tribunal
I love Warringah, where I live with my husband Tim and our three children. I love walking our dog Charli and am passionate about staying fit and active in our amazing local environment, from swimming the Bold and Beautiful to running around Manly Dam.