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Politics Done Differently

In a world where political landscapes are often marked by partisanship, power plays, and empty promises, doing politics differently isn't just a slogan – it's a necessity. For the people of Palmerston, and indeed across the Northern Territory, politics should be about true representation, ethical leadership, and community-driven solutions. It's about breaking away from the status quo, where decisions are made behind closed doors, and embracing transparency, collaboration, and respect for every voice. By championing #PoliticsDoneDifferently, we strive to build a system where trust is restored, integrity is non-negotiable, and the community's well-being takes centre stage. Join us as we plant the seeds for a future that values not just the power of now, but the wisdom of generations to come. In Palmerston, we're not just playing the game differently; we're redefining it.

  1. Community-Centred Decision Making: Prioritise the voices, needs, and aspirations of the community in every political decision. Encourage regular engagement, open forums, and transparent communication to ensure that policies are not only driven by the community but also reflect their genuine interests. Engage with families, our community, public sector workers, and the defence community to create an inclusive political environment.

  2. Promoting Integrity and Transparency: An ICAC with teeth. An ICAC that is strong, well-funded and independent. Anti-corruption measures maintain transparency in governance. This means providing clear insight into decision-making processes, funding, and the implementation of policies. Ensuring that political decisions are made with integrity and without hidden agendas, and working to build public trust through honesty and accountability.

  3. Innovative and Inclusive Leadership: Embrace a leadership model that values collaboration, innovation, and empathy. Lead by example, showing commitment to servant leadership. Create platforms for diverse perspectives and encourage innovative solutions that break away from traditional party lines. Focus on long-term strategies that serve the greater good, rather than short-term political gains. Politics should work for our community, not the political class.

Mark Turner and Robyn Burridge at PLSA

Community First

In Palmerston, the idea of putting the community first is not just a slogan; it's a lived reality. It's about a politics that works tirelessly, day and night, to address the unique needs, aspirations, and safety of our people. It's about not being confined to office hours but being there when the community needs us, whether it's working late shifts, being out at night, or even making citizens' arrests if need be.

Our community-first approach is grounded in the belief that every individual matters, and every action counts. It means going beyond traditional political boundaries and doing whatever it takes to ensure our community's safety and prosperity. From engaging with young families to understanding the needs of our significant younger population, government and public sector workers, and people from our diverse overseas community, our focus is to be responsive, proactive, and present.

It's an approach that requires courage, dedication, and an unwavering commitment to the values that bind us as #TeamPalmerston. It means not just talking about change but being the change, rolling up our sleeves, and getting involved. It's about redefining politics, transforming it into a force for genuine good. Yes it might annoy the other politicians, but it isn't about them, it is about us.

Join us in this journey as we champion #CommunityFirst, fostering a spirit of unity, empathy, and action. Together, we can create a Palmerston where politics serves the people, where leadership is accessible, and where every voice is heard. It's time for #PoliticsDoneDifferently, and it starts with our commitment to stand by, stand up, and stand for our community.

Mark Arrest NT News