Welcome to Campaign Update #16. This my the first update since the start of the New Year. I hope the festive season was enjoyable for you and that you were able to spend time with friends and family, relaxing and recharging for the year ahead.

While I managed to take a short break from campaigning between Christmas and the New Year, I wanted to hit the ground running in 2019 and that’s exactly what I and the Let’s Do Better campaign team have done. In the nineteen days since the 1st of January, we’ve held nine events, including meet and greet events at public transport hubs, shopping centres and markets, a music gig called Rock-up Warringah and the first of our “kitchen cabinet” meetings. One event every two days. And we’re just getting started!

This is the level of effort required to deliver change in Warringah and unseat the current member. I firmly believe the contest for Warringah at the next election will be won or lost on the ground. The candidates and campaign teams that work the hardest, dedicate time and energy to meeting with and talking to people one on one, will reap the rewards for that effort at the ballot box.

To quote Barrack Obama, I’m fired up and ready to go!

Rock-up Warringah!

On the 11th of January, we held a music event at the Old Manly Boatshed called Rock-up Warringah. It was a fantastic evening. The crowd of about 150 people enjoyed three distinct but excellent performances. Local band the Friendly Friends opened the night up with an energetic and lively set. I liken them to a mash-up between the Rolling Stones and Split Enz. Frontman, Joey Watson certainly has a touch of Jagger about him.

Legendary ARIA award winner Dave Graney then entertained us with an acoustic set which showcased his mastery of the guitar and his thoughtful, evocative songwriting and singing. Dave has always taken on the establishment and he continues to challenge convention with a style and skill.

Natural-born entertainer, Jay Parrino and his band the Jay Birds then brought home the bacon with an ensemble of party favourites. Jay’s ability to shake the room is up there with the best and he certainly rocked Warringah that night.

Thanks to all the performers who made Rock-up Warringah such a great success. Thanks to everyone who came along to enjoy the show and support the Let’s Do Better campaign.

Kitchen cabinet meetings

I held the first of what I hope to be many Kitchen Cabinets in Mosman last Saturday afternoon. One of our supporters arranged for 12 of her friends and neighbours to assemble in her home for a chat with me over some afternoon tea. I spent over two hours fielding questions and talking on a wide range of topics from economic issues, to environmental policy and local concerns about transport and development. I thoroughly enjoyed the conversation and look forward to doing many more of these informal meetings in the coming months.

If you’d like to host a Kitchen Cabinet meeting then, please get in touch and we’ll set up a date and time.

Conversations with the people of Warringah

In the last two weeks, I and campaign team volunteers have spent hours meeting, greeting and chatting with people right across the Warringah electorate.

We visited the Manly Ferry Wharf, Warringah Mall Bus interchange, the Watson St Bus interchange and Wycombe Rd bus stops in Neutral Bay, the Mosman Bay ferry wharf, and the Forestville Shopping Centre. And yesterday I spent 6 hours between the Manly Surf Life Saving Club and Manly Village Public School markets.

The three key take-outs from the hundreds of conversations I’ve had over the last two weeks are this:

  1. The vast majority of people in Warringah do not believe Tony Abbott represents their views, interests or values. He is out of touch, out of step and out of time.
  2. The Morrison government has zero credibility in Warringah. Even among traditional Liberal supporters, it is a government in name only. It is devoid of capacity, capability and integrity. Riven by conflict and disunity. Completely lacking a plan, purpose or vision.
  3. The challenges ahead of our nation are significant and intensifying. These challenges will only be addressed by inclusive, forward-looking leadership focused on the public interest.

What’s next

Public Meet and Greets

In the coming weeks, we’re continuing with our public meet and greets. These will be happening across the electorate. The schedule for the next two weeks includes:

  • Mon 21st of Jan: Hayes St Ferry Wharf – Neutral Bay 7:30am to 9am
  • Tue 22nd of Jan: Pittwater Rd B-line Bus stop – Manly Vale 7:30am to 9am
  • Thu 24th of Jan: Spit Rd B-line Bus stop – Mosman 7:30am to 9am
  • Fri 25th of Jan: Milson Rd Ferry Wharf – Cremorne Point 7:30am to 9am
  • Sun 27th Jan: Door-knocking Curl Curl and Harbord 10am to 5pm
  • Tues 29th Jan: Manly Ferry Wharf 7am to 9am
  • Thurs 31st Jan: Pittwater Rd Warringah Mall Bus interchange 7am to 9am
  • Sat 2nd of Jan: Public Meet and Greet Allambie Heights Shops 8:30am to noon

I need as many people as possible to help me with these regular events. Even one hour of your time will make a difference. If are interested and joining me and other members of the Let’s Do Better team one morning, please get in touch with me or our volunteer coordinator, Natasha via natasha@warringahlabor.org

Calling voters

We are also commencing an ongoing phone-banking effort from next week. We need as many people as possible to help make phone calls to voters in Warringah to let them know about our campaign and identify the issues that are of concern to them. We’re looking for people who can dedicate about two hours a week to make calls. Please get in touch with me if you would like to help. You don’t need to live in the electorate to help with this important activity. Many hands make light work!

Donations

As the competition for the seat of Warringah intensifies in the coming weeks, we will need to spend more on social media advertising and printing material to share with people in the electorate. If you have not already done so, please consider making a small regular contribution to our campaign each week between now and election day. Even a small weekly donation of $5 will make a big difference to helping raise the profile of our campaign. To make a regular donation please visit www.letsdobetter.com.au/donate

Thanks for reading and I look forward to sharing another update with you in a couple of weeks time.

Let’s Do Better!