State election candidate and independent Sydney MP Lord Mayor Clover Moore has called on voters to lodge a protest vote against the major parties at Saturday’s NSW election.

“If you want to protest against Government inaction and the way the big parties conduct themselves — don’t vote for them. Look for candidates with a proven history in delivering,” Moore said.

“As an Independent, every single vote I cast has to be an informed vote based on the merits of the case, so you have to really think about how it affects the community you represent — every single vote is a conscience vote.

“That’s how democracy should work and it’s the difference between being an Independent looking after the interests of the community and being a member of a political party looking after vested interests”.

Moore warned that both the major parties had “draconian and outdated views when it comes to matters of equality for the GLBT community”.

She was fearful the election might deliver the balance of power in the Upper House to the Christian Democrats and Fishers and Shooters Party — and possibly even Pauline Hanson.

“Now more than ever we need strong leadership from Government but we also need independent champions to make sure the Government does have a plan and that we get the action we need,” Moore said.

“If any party has overwhelming control in both houses, the Government can do what it likes without challengeor through deals behind closed doors.”

Moore pointed to the 2010 passage of her Adoption Amendment (Same-Sex Couples) Bill allowing gays and lesbians to adopt children as couples and her Liquor Amendment (Small Bars and Restaurants) Bill in 2008 to allow small bars in Sydney as achievements she had made in office since being returned to her seat at the last state election in 2007.

Moore said as an independent she would take up the issues that the major parties didn’t want to know about, like climate change.

“Global warming is the biggest challenge we face, and yet the big parties are still arguing about what to do. I have a plan already in action in the City of Sydney, to reduce our emissions by 70 per cent by 2030, and similar actions can be used across the state,” Moore said.

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