14 June 2023
Well-known Gold Coast journalist, educator, social media celebrity and proud mum Belinda Jones has announced her candidature as an independent for the Fadden by-election on 15 July 2023.
Known on Twitter as “Bee,” Belinda is a mother of three and a grandmother of three. She has lived and worked on the Gold Coast for over thirty years.
Her policies include:
· Holding the government to account by serving the people of Fadden with integrity, hard work and fostering a healthy political ecosystem through community engagement.
· Easing congestion on the M1 by exploring all options to increase the capacity of this national highway.
· Easing the rental crisis by removing negative gearing from short-stay accommodation. This will help ease the rental crisis and help our struggling tourist accommodation here on the Gold Coast.
· Continuing to address climate change with meaningful solutions that everyday people can afford to implement easily.
· Focusing on domestic violence – we must continue to improve our support mechanisms for victims of DV.
· Addressing gender equity issues so that women have the same opportunities in life as men.
· Focusing on gambling addiction, which causes so much harm in society, and creating effective solutions to address this scourge.
· Easing the cost-of-living crisis with a Universal Basic Income and stopping the demonisation of the vulnerable.
Belinda first moved to the Gold Coast in the 1980s, where she delivered pizzas for Marie’s Pizzas.
She then moved to NSW for several years, married and had three wonderful children, before returning to the Gold Coast in the 1990s.
As a single mum with three kids, she completed her Bachelor of Education at Griffith University on the Gold Coast and began teaching.
Struggling to make ends meet on a teacher’s wage, she took on second jobs: Gold Coast cab driver, then became a Surfside bus driver and FIFO (fly-in, fly-out) worker on a construction project.
She says: “By this time, I had begun to connect-the-dots that many of the challenges I faced resulted from poor political decisions or representation, which profoundly impacted my life.
“I continued to work in low-paid, casual and insecure work, or at times, became unemployed. Time and again, I have faced these challenges and refused to give up.
“My story is not unique. I’ve met and worked with so many wonderful people over the years in the same position as me. We don’t have the perfect career, or life didn’t turn out exactly perfectly, but we just keep getting up and showing up and striving for success.
“You’ve just got to stay strong, stay positive and keep going. I began building my Twitter #Auspol profile & talking politics with politically engaged Australians determined to affect change.
“This prompted me to start writing for Independent Australia in 2018, investigating some of the most corrupt politicians in Australian history. I now have a fortnightly column and a casual retail job at Harbour Town with THE most awesome team!
“I’m stepping up to nominate as the local member for Fadden because for 16 years the people of Fadden have been neglected and left behind. They deserve an MP who has their back and will work hard for them.
“They deserve an MP who understands what it’s like to struggle with insecure, low-paid work. They deserve an MP who understands the pressures of being a single parent or a FIFO worker, a true local who cares.
“I will work hard for Fadden; I have lived experience of struggle and being a single parent with work and financial pressure. I get it.
“If the people of Fadden elect me on 15th July 2023 I will not let them down. They’ve had more than enough of that already, it’s time they had a proper MP.”