A well-known previous Port Augusta resident has announced she will be running as an independent candidate for the SA Legislative Council in the 2014 state election on March 15.
Annette Elliott (nee Willcox) was born in Port Augusta, and spent all of her childhood and early adult life living in the town.
While she has now settled in Rhynie, a small town south of Clare, she remembers her years in Port Augusta fondly and considers her time here to have shaped her political perspective today.
She established South Australia’s first women’s shelter in the mid 70s, and while doing so was at the forefront of many battles to change community attitudes to domestic violence and bring about better laws.
Ms Elliott will be campaigning for ‘No Domestic Violence’ in the election, promising voters if she is elected into the upper house, she will make it her mission to change the way domestic violence is dealt with.
“It is distressing that after more than 30 years of campaigning to raise awareness of violence issues and to support victims of domestic violence, we still have a long way to go,” she said.
“Mine is a grassroots campaign to raise awareness and to do what we can at the ballot box, and hopefully in parliament, to introduce effective measures to combat this terribly corrosive and destructive issue.
“Only through good government policy and strong effective legislation can any real changes be made to ensure that we no longer tolerate domestic violence and the consequent destruction of families and communities.”
While her primary concern is domestic violence issues, she said this has by nature encompassed several other issues she is passionate about including housing for women, the health system, the education system and housing for Aboriginal people.
Despite the statewide reach of the SA Legislative Council representation, Mrs Elliott said she is confident in her ability to represent the needs of the Port Augusta region with particular reference to Aboriginal and women’s issues.
Ms Elliott will visit Port Augusta tomorrow (Thursday, February 13) and will be campaigning in the Woolworths carpark during the day.
She welcomes the Port Augusta community to come and pay her a visit and to discuss her campaign.