Australian Capital Territory
Senate (Upper House)
Economist, former federal Immigration Department official and President of our ACT branch.
John has held senior positions during his 25 years with the federal Department of Immigration, as well as the Bureau of Statistics. He holds three university degrees including a Bachelor of Economics, and a Masters of Business Administration from Adelaide University.
As someone trained in economics, John is concerned at the waste that results from unsustainable population growth and property speculation. John suggests if Australians weren’t paying high property prices, savings could be better spent on starting new businesses, generating jobs, including in manufacturing which he believes has been given away by the Big Parties.
John has held leadership positions in community education organisations at the ACT and national levels where he advocated to government for effective and efficient public schooling in the ACT and nationally. When he is not asking for the vote for Sustainable Australia, John enjoys riding his bike through the countryside, and life with his wife and their daughter who attends the local high school.
Joy is a retiree with extensive experience in small business and the Australian Public Service. Joy has lived in Canberra for most of her adult life.
Joy is a mother of 3, step mother of 3 and grandmother of 9, and has a deep understanding of the difficulties of managing a household budget, child care issues, health issues of the ageing and living on a pension. Her priorities are grounded in the realities of everyday life for the ordinary person and her children and grandchildren.
Joy’s concerns are about the intergenerational inequities that we are leaving to following generations and hence the importance of working towards a sustainable economy, population, and environment in Australia.