ACT 2020 Election

Sustainable Australia (ACT)

SAP ACT will run with the following name on the ballot paper:

Sustainable Australia - Stop overdevelopment. Stop corruption.

How can we achieve better planning to protect our environment and STOP overdevelopment? For starters:

  • Return real planning power to local communities
  • Deliver new community infrastructure before more housing

See our PLANNING policies:


We are running candidates in all five ACT electorates:

> Kurrajong

Joy Angel

A mother of three children, Joy is currently an office manager in a small business law firm. Her extensive work experience also includes banking in Albury and a 25 year career in the Commonwealth public service, with roles in procurement, health and defence.

Joy has a track record of supporting her community. She volunteers with her local Community Fire Unit and school reading programs in several local primary schools. She also enjoys singing with the Sing Australia choir at events on Anzac Day, Australia Day and Christmas time at hospitals, aged care facilities and shopping centres.

John Haydon

John has held senior positions in the Department of Immigration and the Bureau of Statistics. Trained in economics, he is concerned at the waste that results from unsustainable population growth and property speculation. With lower property prices, savings could be spent on starting new businesses and generating jobs.

John also held leadership positions in ACT and national community education organisations where he advocated for better public schooling. He lives with his wife and school-age daughter.

> Ginninderra

Paul Gabriel

Paul originally moved to Canberra from country NSW to study at the ANU and has called it home ever since, with only a brief interlude living in Victoria. He completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and has now been working for the ANU for thirteen years.

As a passionate member of the community, Paul is focussed on both short term fixes and long term planning, beyond a single term, in order to improve Canberra. Paul feels strongly about constructing smarter homes that use less energy, divestment from non-renewables and housing affordability. 

Paul is an active member of his local community, he is a regular participant in parkrun and was a founding member of the Northside Men’s Shed in 2012 where he remains an active member. When not solving IT challenges, Paul loves running, bike riding and going on adventures with his wife and two year old daughter.

Mark O'Connor

Mark O’Connor is an environmental author and poet. He is Australia’s foremost expert on the effects of population growth, having written several publications on the issue including the books This Tired Brown Land and (with William Lines) Overloading Australia. Mark has also published several books of poetry on regions of Australia such as the Great Barrier Reef and the Blue Mountains, often collaborating with renowned nature photographers. He has won several national and international prizes and awards, and he has undertaken fellowships throughout the world including USA, Europe, Russia, China and India.

In 1999 Mark was appointed H.C. Coombs Creative Arts Fellow at the Australian National University, and in 2000 he was given a grant from the Australia Council to write poetry about the 2000 Olympic Games. He is also the editor of the much re-printed Oxford anthology Two Centuries of Australian Poetry.

Mark was recently elected an Australian Conservation Foundation Councillor.

> Murrumbidgee

Jill Mail

As a proud Australian who has always cared deeply for our fragile environment and our diverse wildlife, Jill's concern is particularly for future generations including her grandchildren.

Jill is greatly concerned that our governments continue in their belief that increasing resource consumption and population are the answer to our future prosperity. Meanwhile, our most precious asset, land, is being swallowed up with roads and many shoddy housing developments - and many public services and amenities are being compromised. Jill believes that it's time to live within natural environmental limits - and think better, not bigger.

Geoff Buckmaster

Geoff has been actively involved in promoting sustainability for several decades and understands the many issues associated with over-development and the reckless “growth at any cost” mindset that plagues the major parties. He has a particular interest in improving housing affordability for young Australians and supports greater community involvement in planning decisions and environmental protections.


Bruce Willett

Bruce has a degree in applied science (health education) and a graduate diploma in education. He has worked as a primary school teacher in the public and private systems for over 35 years. His main non-political interests are family, reading, cooking and sports. Bruce also coaches junior soccer teams.

Bruce's political motivation is driven by the desire to help sustain quality of life and work for all, and a focus on improvements in housing affordability and education policies.

Andrew Clapham

Andrew is an international entrepreneur and businessman, based in Canberra. As a long term thinker, Andrew wants fast and practical solutions to the biggest issue of our time: climate change.

> Yerrabi

Scott Young

Scott has a Bachelor of Science in Computing and has worked as an analyst programmer. His personal interests include music, yoga and meditation. Scott is concerned about the impact of rapidly growing consumption and population on the environment, as well as corruption in our political system. 

John Kearsley

John was educated at Anslie Infants & Primary then the old Canberra High School. He served an apprenticeship in electrical fitting with Shortland County Council. He then followed a natural evolutionary career path into control engineering, becoming Federal President of the Institute of Instrumentation Control and Automation in 1987.

John's personal interests are Philosophy, Sociology and the Environment.


You decide! More information here.

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