ABC RN Big Ideas: Cathy’s lessons for lasting change.
For Cathy McGowan, change doesn't come about by waiting for government. Nor for that matter, perfecting theories… it's simply doing. And sticking it out when the work isn't sexy, incremental, and the outcome seems unlikely.
It's something she learnt around this time a decade ago when she toppled a long-standing incumbent in the Victorian seat of Indi — and became Australia's first-elected female independent.
In this National Museum of Australia address, McGowan explains her success wasn't about her. Instead, why it was her community that was central to her campaign, and subsequent parliamentary terms.
I acknowledge and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past, present and future and honour the stories, traditions and culture of the Traditional Custodians of the unceded land upon which I live and work. And I commit to truth telling, treaty and a voice, towards building a just and inclusive future with our First Nations people.