On the weekend of 26-28 February 2021, Cathy McGowan hosted, Getting Elected, the first national convention for community-minded independents. Attracting more than 300 attendees from 81 electorates, this virtual convention provided a unique opportunity to network, share campaigning skills and learn more about how community independents can change Australia for the better.
The convention provided a powerful and inspiring learning experience for attendees with:
The keynote addresses and panel discussions were recorded and the speakers have generously made them publicy available.
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Cathy McGowan presented the opening address to Getting Elected: the first national convention for community-minded independents.
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Voice 4 Indi report explores the outcomes of the Indi Kitchen Table Conversations, a series of discussions among 440 people across the electorate of Indi in 2013, focused on highlighting the issues that mattered to local people in the electoral process and the 2013 federal election.
Indi Community Summit Report: Delivering our Vision summarises the outcomes of the inaugural Indi Community Summit, 2015. The summit brought together diverse segments of the Indi community to pool their wisdom, experience and ideas and formulate a community perspective of action needed to make the Indi electorate a prosperous, caring community alive with opportunities for all.
Getting things done: the Indi Way is a case study, prepared by Cathy McGowan’s office, showcasing practical examples of Indi communities and their elected federal representative working together to resolve issues, and turn their collective vision into reality.
Whether the tipping point came after watching television, listening to or reading the news, across Australia people are finding their voice and creating pathways to new futures. Here are the stories of those moments from some of the people who in 2019 are standing as Independents, campaigning for them, writing about them or all of the above.
When representative democracy turns participatory: Interpreting Indi is a paper written by Australian National University Associate Professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy Dr Carolyn Hendriks, for the 2016 Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference. The paper examines how Voices for Indi sought to reconnect the citizens of the electorate of Indi to the political process and reinvigorate federal representative politics.