My connection to Goldstein dates back to 1982, when I was 19 and my family moved to Beaumaris. The pull to live by the bay came from my dad, a passionate sailor who was keen to be close to the Sandringham Yacht Club (SYC). I did not inherit the sailing gene, but as a keen surfer I was stoked with the family sea change.

My relationship with Goldstein was short-lived. Soon after I moved to Newcastle and then on to Sydney, returning to Beaumaris thirteen years later to raise my own family.

I have mostly worked in global tech companies and my partner Tanja is a teacher. She immigrated from The Netherlands in her late 20’s and together we’ve raised 3 kids.

My dad, who still lives in Beaumaris, is also an immigrant - from Malta. I don’t think he ever meant to move to Australia. He was just on an adventure, met his perfect match, and the rest is history.

In 2017 an event that took place in Malta really brought home the fragility of democracy to me. Daphne Caruana Galizia, an investigative journalist and a relative who was close to my Maltese cousins, was assassinated.

I learned that all systems of government rely upon the weight of honest, trustworthy leaders who are committed to achieving outcomes that improve society. Around the world a large portion of career politicians seem to be serving only the party and their own vested interests.

What happened in Malta made me frustrated about the condition of government locally. It was time for me to get off the sidelines and stand for something.

I’m really looking forward to being able to have trust in a fair, responsible & transparent federal government that has a strong vision and can enact change to support the voter’s vision. Elected independent members can provide weight to help us turn the tide.

The basis for decisions and transactions that are undertaken with taxpayer’s money often appears opaque and don’t seem to make a lot of sense. I think a Federal ICAC is a must. At COP26, former US Vice President Al Gore quoted Winston Churchill, saying:-

“The era of procrastination, of half measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays, is coming to a close. In its place, we are now entering a period of consequences.”

I think such a wise leader will be turning in his grave with how Australia is tackling issues upon us. We have become an obstacle for mankind. The void of leadership is crippling.