• Charmaine Rodrigues

Launching our OAKS platform!


L-R: My sister, Allannah, my mum, Jean and me, volunteering down in Corangamite

This photo was taken on election day down in Corangamite, my sister's electorate, where mum, my sister and i volunteered for the first time in our lives. I am the most politically engaged in my family - I used to work for the United Nations Development Programme as a governance specialist - but we were all so distressed and upset about the current state of politics that we all wanted to get involved

“Lets commit - from today onwards - to work together to show our political leaders that Australians are kind, thoughtful, compassionate people, who WANT our resources to be used for the betterment of all our our people, not just for the benefit of corporations and powerful interest groups.”

I was so distressed by the election result that I cried on election night. But the next day, my mum asked me what I was going to do. I racked my brains and I have now done two things.


Firstly, I joined the Labor Party. I note for the record at this point that i have a varied voting record - I have voted Greens, Democrats and ALP, and long ago when I was young and inexperienced with the world, I even voted Liberal (twice!). I am now fairly clear that I am a left-wing progressive - but please dont think that makes me rabid or weird. All that means is that I believe governments should work for the betterment of everyone, and to do that sometimes means governments need to be proactive and interventionist. I'm OK with that. I'm hoping that having joined the ALP i can "change it from within" to ensure that it remains true to its heartland values of equality and fairness for all.

"Through this website I am going to try to help "ordinary Australians" like me to mobilise and make our voices heard. We don't need intermediaries like talk-back radio hosts to tell our MPs what we think - lets tell them ourselves. Lets write to them on the issues that we care about - and lets write to the powerful crossbench too. Let them know what we think ..."

Secondly, I decided to do something more real and less tied into the existing political structures and processes that have led us to where we are now. I realised that my apathy has let the Morrison Government (and others before him) get away with pushing the Australian political discourse to the far-right. Just because loud-mouths like Alan Jones and Andrew Bolt and their ilk get air-time does NOT mean they represent the views of the quiet majority. Rather, the noisy minority far-right have been drowning out gentler voices for too long.


SO - through this website I am going to try to help "ordinary Australians" like me to mobilise and make our voices heard. We don't need intermediaries like talk-back radio hosts to tell our MPs what we think - lets tell them ourselves. Lets write to them on the issues that we care about - and lets write to the powerful crossbench too. Let them know what we think - and let them then make a decision about what is best for Australia and the working class, fair-go ethos that has been part of our social fabric for so long.


Join with me please - this is a very first endeavour and I will likely make mistakes. I would appreciate your support, advice, assistance and engagement. I hope the site is useful for you - lets take our country back and make it a kind place for everyone! xoxo

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