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Stephen would once again like to thank everyone involved in his campaign. It was the fifth most successful independent campaign during the current federal election (1). Hopefully, the younger generation will embrace the idea that local representatives should represent the community in government as opposed to representatives of the two-party political system. The election is over. It does not mean we cannot continue to lobby the government of the day with regards to issues that are of fundamental importance to the well-being of our community — present and future.
(1) Mayne, Stephen. 2016. “The Mayne Report – July 7th, 2016.” Accessed July. htp://maynereport.com.
It is getting late, and the vote is in. Eighty-seven percent of the electorate voted for Stephen to remain an orthopaedic surgeon and only 51% voted for Mr. Zimmerman to remain the member for North Sydney. It has been a great campaign. We have made very many new friends. We hope everyone has enjoyed the weeks leading up to the election. We are extremely grateful for the support we have received. In particular, Ted Mack, who can rightly claim to be the father of the independent movement in Australia. We can only hope that the next generation of politicians in this country look to him as an example of how democracy should function.
How can the two party politicians talk about innovation? Their inaction has resulted in us having the 48th slowest Internet connectivity in the world. When the Internet stops … business, education, and other essential services stop. To compete in the global economy, we must embrace the digital revolution now. If elected, Stephen will have questions to ask.
Imagine a democracy in which our elected officials had been trained to research an issue and make balanced, logical decisions. A world where politicians did not have to spend their time defending poor policy, and fighting amongst themselves. In a modern world, where we need to feed 7 billion people there is no other option. Please consider voting for Stephen Ruff this Saturday. See http://sruff.org.
This is what the Liberal party did at Willoughby girls high school during the recent by-election for North Sydney. There was almost no space for other candidates to post their election material. Legalities aside, it would seem to demonstrate a disregard for the democratic process in this country. If you believe in a fair go, vote for Stephen this Saturday. His helpers will be walking on the pavement wearing T-shirts. We have been told that some of the major political parties this election have ordered runs of plastic wrap of up to 200,000 meters. That is 2 km of signage.