Independent candidate to run against Hume MP Angus Taylor

Sheneli Dona. Picture: Sheneli Dona - Independent Candidate For Hume Facebook

Sheneli Dona. Picture: Sheneli Dona - Independent Candidate For Hume Facebook

Sheneli Dona wants to 'give the power back to the people of Hume'.

Ms Dona has stepped into the political arena for the first time in an effort to oust Hume's incumbent MP Angus Taylor.

The 23-year-old will run as an independent candidate at the upcoming Federal election, which is expected to take place next year.

"Going into politics was never in the cards for me, I've been a humanitarian since I was 15," she said.

"I've provided advice to our government, the United Nations and other governments about issues surrounding human rights - particularly about the treatment of women and children.

"This is not the first time I have been asked to step into politics, but before now I was concerned that it would negatively impact my humanitarian efforts.

"However, now I know that they are intertwined."

Ms Dona said there were several key issues across the Hume regions, including Camden and Wollondilly.

"The issues in Hume are vast and diverse but they are also interconnected in more ways than we realise," she said.

"The issues in Camden Wollondilly are similar, but with some notable differences as well.

I will never claim to be the voice of Hume, I will make myself an instrument to elevate the voices of the Hume.

Sheneli Dona

"One of the big issues is the sheer lack of community consultation from all levels of government, from local to federal.

"Often when community feedback is sought the main decisions have already been made so it just becomes a tickbox exercise.

"Another issue is rapid urbanisation. There are a lot of concerns around this, for example the plans for Wilton New Town.

"A lot of residents are concerned about what effect this could have on the environment and water supply.

"Infrastructure should be tailored to the landscape of the community.

"There are other issues in the aged car industry, healthcare and with the transition of the fossil fuel industry to a more sustainable industry."

The Wollondilly local said she was 'absolutely' ready to take on Mr Taylor at the polls.

"My life was planned out for me, I was going to be a humanitarian and I am about to be sworn in as a lawyer by the Supreme Court of NSW," Ms Dona said.

"But I am standing for Hume because we have lost confidence in the major parties.

"Mr Taylor and I are both graduates of law...and they say there are two sides to a person who chooses to study law. He has chosen his path and I have chosen mine."

Ms Dona said she was proud to be a true independent.

"I don't have any ties to any political party - I never have and I never will," she said.

"As citizens it is important that we elect the right people as they have the power to create the rule of law.

"I'm a young person, so I can bring a fresh, new perspective.

"I will never claim to be the voice of Hume, I will make myself an instrument to amplify the voices of the Hume."

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