Growing up I never really understood politics. I always had a vague sense of what I thought was ‘right’, and would feel upset when hearing about the oppression of others, but it wasn’t until studying social sciences at uni that it all fell into place.
I began to understand the role that economics and political theory play in every day life. It was like my eyes had been opened.
I slowly began to get involved in some of the Socialist Party’s campaigns. It was participating in the community pickets against the East-West toll road I first began to feel like ordinary people could take on governments and win.
When the federal budget was announced in May I had had enough. I knew that the Liberal Party were going to do terrible things but I was genuinely shocked by how far they wanted to go. The budget was the final piece of encouragement I needed, it was time to properly commit.
I think that if there was ever a perfect time to get properly involved in fighting for the needs of ordinary people, it is now.
By Tess Kelsey