Upper Hunter by-election - 22 May, 2021

Sustainable Australia Party 

Sustainable Australia Party is an independent community movement from the political centre, with a positive plan for an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable Australia. SAP supports a science and evidence-based approach to policy - not a left or right wing ideology.

SAP is campaigning to:

There's also much more in our broad policy platform, including policies to deliver affordable housing, efficient public transport and a more diverse economy.

Calum Blair for Upper Hunter

Sustainable Australia Party is pleased to nominate local engineer Calum Blair for the Upper Hunter by-election. Calum also stood as SAP's Upper Hunter candidate in the 2019 NSW state election.

Calum was born in Singleton and educated through the local public school system. He continued his education at the University of Newcastle, where he completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil). He currently works in the rail industry as a construction manager in the Upper Hunter and NSW. Calum is also a former Army Reservist.

Calum grew up on Lake St Clair, the local water supply for Singleton. He spent a lot of his childhood on the lake and surrounding foreshores as well as the neighbouring Mt Royal National Park. He has a passion for mentoring and tutoring HSC mathematics for local students and was previously involved in volunteer education programs with the Singleton Library.

Calum understands the need to balance and respect the needs of all communities in the Hunter Valley, including small business, farming and mining. He is passionate about local jobs and the need for a more diverse economy, including a strong manufacturing base.

Given his work in the rail industry, and the fact that today's Tangara trains were built in Broadmeadow near Newcastle, he was particularly disappointed in NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian's misguided recent claim that:

"Australia and New South Wales are not good at building trains, that's why we have to purchase them [from South Korea]."[1]

Calum also believes that creating sustainable jobs in the Hunter means investing in TAFE, not closing it down. He supports Sustainable Australia Party's plan for a state and/or federally funded environmental job guarantee.

Calum believes that transparent and accountable governance is of vital importance and will help to address increasing examples of corruption and abuse of power within government. His other interests include volunteering, literature, philosophy and horticulture.

Video - Calum Blair for Upper Hunter

Campaign issues and policies

In the Upper Hunter by-election, Calum and Sustainable Australia Party are campaigning to protect our environment, stop overdevelopment and stop corruption:

Protect our environment

  • Better manage the Upper Hunter's water security, including through more efficient infrastructure and lower wastage
  • Improve the Upper Hunter's air quality, including better protection from and regulation of coal dust
  • Action on climate change including a moratorium on all new coal mines
  • Better public transport including more regular train and bus services
  • Introduce a state and/or federally-funded environmental job guarantee, managed by local councils and communities, including:
    • Employment for all workers transitioning out of the coal industry
    • Rehabilitation of abandoned mines
    • Humane reduction and eradication programs for high risk feral species
    • Conservation land management programs, including further development of land stewardship funds to help relevant farmers and rural land owners manage biodiversity values on their properties
    • Further develop employment and training in conservation and land management, particularly through local TAFE

Stop overdevelopment

  • Protect prime agricultural land in the Upper Hunter from mining expansion
  • Impose a moratorium on all new coal mines in Australia
  • Impose a moratorium on all new fracking, including for coal seam gas

Stop corruption

  • transparent and democratic planning system, that:
    • Returns real planning power to local communities through proper engagement on all planning and development issues including mining and housing
    • Imposes serious penalties for breaches of environmental laws including air pollution and water contamination
  • Ban all mining industry donations to political parties
  • Ensure mining and multinational companies pay a fair share of royalties and taxation for the exploitation of our finite resources, with the Hunter Valley receiving increased funding
  • Stop foreign ownership of our farms, housing and land

And much more...

SAP's full policy platform can be found here: 


Get involved

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Preferences (How to vote)

As an independent community party, after you Vote 1 for Sustainable Australia Party, we prefer that YOU decide where to direct your own preferences. More information here.

To vote, you must put a number 1 in the square next to the candidate you want to elect.

If you want, you can show more choices by putting a number 2 next to your second choice, then a number 3 next to your third choice and so on. It is up to you how many choices you show after your first preference. More information here.

REMEMBER: You cannot waste your vote by voting for a minor party! Voting for a minor party is the only way to send a clear message that you are not happy with Lib/Lab! If you vote 1 Sustainable Australia Party and we don't win, your vote flows on at full value to the next party you choose e.g. Lib or Lab at [2] or later.



Do you live in or near the Upper Hunter electorate? If so, we'll send you some flyers to letterbox.

Please contact us ASAP.

Voting centre

Important: SAP volunteer and voting centre behaviour guidelines HERE

Early Voting Centres / Election day Voting Centres

See: 'Voting options' at TBC

Pre-polling - dates TBC

Polling day - 22 May 2021

[1] https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/6898914/not-good-labor-slams-berejiklian-over-insult-to-nsw-made-trains/

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