[CAMWEST-announce] Fwd: Australian Cyclists Party

John Holstein jonhol2 at netscape.net
Wed Oct 9 07:28:52 UTC 2013

Fellow CAMWESTies,
                                  I have no political ties & support a local member who does what is needed for their constituents, regardless of party politics. 

I am forwarding this email from Omar Khalifa without recommendation or endorsement as I believe it is time cyclists stood up for their rights on the roads. Both sides of mainstream politics use cycling as a platform, but appear to lack the will to follow through, so a few cycling advocates in the Senate may give us some bargaining power. 

To be eligible to register as a Party to contest the next state election (March 2015) The Australian Cyclist Party requires 750 people to be registered as members of the party. You may NOT belong to another political party & must be registered on the Australian Electoral Roll. To register, download the attached form, fill it out by hand & forward it to :

The Secretary
Australian Cyclists Party
PO Box 460
Berry, NSW 2535.

This is a "grass roots" political movement & as members you will be entitled to vote in pre selection for candidates, play a part in formulation of Party policy & have a say in distribution of preferences to other parties standing for election to the Upper House (Senate) of the NSW State Parliament. 

This is a great opportunity to have a decisive and positive action for cycling in NSW. 

John Holstein
Member of CAMWEST (http://camwest.pps.com.au) advocating for better cycling infrastructure for Sydney's West.

"if we don't change direction, we will end up where we are headed" (Professor Irwin Corey
American vaudeville comic and actor (1914 - ) )

-----Original Message-----
From: Omar Khalifa <omar at go-alliance.net>
To: John Holstein <jonhol2 at netscape.net>
Sent: Wed, Oct 9, 2013 1:44 pm
Subject: Australian Cyclists Party

Hi John, great catching up and here is the information on the proposed new party:

The Australian Cyclists Party is being formed to provide a focus to the development of improved cycling and other mobility options across Australia beginning at the State level.  We believe that cycling is in many ways the "canary in the coal mine" (excuse the double entendre) and reflects a value and priority that feeds through to many decisions affecting the liveability and health of our communities.  My own involvement stems from my time as CEO of Bicycle NSW and the efforts since through Go! Alliance.

While a number of parties have claimed to represent or work for cycling and cyclists we see that the only true progress has been made through those working independently such as the Lord Mayor of Sydney.  Cycling should be a non-partisan non-aligned issue but most often the lack of representation means it can tumble down the priority list for the major parties.  In fact, it too often has been politicised for point scoring rather than as part of a rational discussion.  That despite all of the studies that prove its value.

Ideally we would like to see the major parties join together to focus on re-prioritising spending and attitudes towards those who choose to cycle, walk or take public transport.  There is little evidence that this is happening or will of its own accord.  This is why we believe we need a new approach that highlights what needs to get changed within the political sphere rather than hoping to influence from the outside.

We are a grass-roots movement and hope we can gather the needed support and assistance from those who care about trying to do something.  At the moment our focus has to be on getting 750 NSW members to register the party for the 2015 elections – this needs to be done by the end of this October!

Signing up as a member requires that one not be a member of another party and that one is enrolled in NSW.  Signing up for the party does not obligate one to vote for the party – we have plenty of time for sorting policies, etc once we get past this initial hurdle.  This is about ensuring we do have an option.

I should mention that we are also launching a parallel effort in Victoria.

We will soon have an online system that will help with the process but for now I have attached the forms that those wishing to join must fill out by hand.  For now, the forms should then be mailed to the address below or dropped off with an officer or committee member (to be arranged).

The mailing address:

The Secretary
Australian Cyclists Party
PO Box 460
Berry, NSW 2535

A contact email address if very important so that if any issues are encountered with the registration that they can be rectified.  The party needs to be correctly spelled out as Australian Cyclists Party.

Thank you in advance for your support and look forward to working with you and your network in this effort!

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