You could say that I live the Canberra dream. I’m married with a young family, a public servant with a home in the suburbs.

For decades both Liberal and Labor governments have created an economy that only works for corporations; that has left us with rising economic inequality, flat-lining wages, cuts to services like health, education and social services, rising costs of housing, energy, internet and banking fees and record levels of personal debt. We’re working harder and more and more of us are stressed and struggling to make ends meet.

A vote for the major parties is a vote for more of the same. But it doesn’t have to be this way. If we make politicians accountable to the whole community, not just their big donors, we can tax corporations more so that we can fund world-class public services like schools and hospitals; we can stop energy and banking companies ripping us off; and we can ensure cheap, clean and reliable energy for all of us.

I am not a career politician or lobbyist. I am the product of a public school education, looking to build a better future. When I’m not working as a public servant, or raising our twin four year-old girls, I am active resident of the Fenner community. I sit on the Gungahlin Community Council, and the Board of my local primary school. I also raise community awareness of stillbirth through charities as Bears of Hope and Heartfelt, in the name of our baby son, Connor Jack Braddock.

So please don’t let Labor take Fenner for granted. Send a message from Canberra, that the major parties do not represent us. This time, let’s make Canberra matter.