My name is Rebekha Sharkie and for the past three years I have had the privilege of being your Federal Member for Mayo.

I put my hand up to stand for the electorate of Mayo in 2016 because I was tired of seeing our region being taken for granted as a ‘safe blue ribbon seat’ and I decided to be the change I wanted to see in our community.

I am a member of Centre Alliance (formerly the Nick Xenophon Team).

We sit the middle of politics, between the two major parties, taking a sensible, evidence-based approach to public policy.

Since winning office I have worked hard to make Mayo matter, standing up to the Government when it comes to greater protections for the River Murray, the need for Banking Royal Commission and the phasing out of long-haul sheep exports.

But I have also worked with the Government to deliver better outcomes for our community including:

  • A Medicare Service Centre for the South Coast
  • $20M for drug rehabilitation in SA, including Mayo
  • A Medicare rebatable MRI service in Mount Barker
  • 24-hour Dr and renal dialysis at Mount Barker Hospital
  • $3M for youth mental health services in Mayo
  • Returning $4.6M to Mayo councils for local roads
  • Securing an extra $424M for SA schools under Gonski reforms
  • $60M for apprenticeship mentoring
  • $50M for Advanced Manufacturing Fund
  • An energy assistance payment for pensioners

I have introduced a satellite office at Victor Harbor so our community on the Fleurieu and South Coast can access face-to-face electorate office support without travelling to the Hills.

I am advocating for more reliable telecommunications, more spending on roads and public infrastructure, better public transport options, improved dental and health services, a Federal Anti-Corruption Commission, an independent and adequately resourced ABC, transparency of aged care staffing ratios, more Home Care Packages, an independent agency to set the age pension and stronger policies on climate action.

Centre Alliance is opposed to Labor’s policies on franking credits. We don’t support retrospective legislation and we believe Australians have made long-term financial decisions based on the policies of the day.

I always put our community first by being an independent voice in Canberra.

Finally, we have so much to achieve together so I am asking for your vote so we can continue to make Mayo Matter.