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Jac Tomlins and family

I believe in stories. I believe in their power to influence, educate and motivate. More than anything, I believe in the power of stories to effect change. So I’m going to tell you a story; not all at once, but in bite size pieces that won’t interfere with your week.

This story starts about 18 months ago when my friend, Jason, and I got together with a bunch of other LGBTIQ and straight activists. We had one simple – possibly crazy, probably naïve – aim: to create a new political party and get a member of that party elected to the Senate.

None of us had done anything like this before and we’ve been winging it ever since! We knew that many people had tuned out of politics and were unimpressed by politicians on all sides so we decided that whatever we did, we’d try to do it differently, better.

It’s been a wild ride so far and, from today, I’m going to share that ride with you. I’m going to post a short blog once a week and fill you in on what we’re doing, why we’re doing it and how it’s working out.

One of the best things about all this has been the people I’ve worked with in the last year; smart, skilled, committed people who make me think, question and care.  I’ll introduce you to some of them along the way and share their stories too.

The blog’s a bit of an experiment, to be honest, and I have no idea where it’ll lead, but I do know if we’re going anywhere, we need you with us. So I’m asking you to give me five minutes of your week for the next month or so. If you want to unsubscribe from The Senate Seat after that, no problem, but hopefully I’ll have reeled you in by then.

And if you feel inclined to share a story with me, I’d love that. It doesn’t have to be anything earth-shattering or elaborate – I think it’s the ordinary, everyday stories that are the most important. Thanks.

See you next week.

Jac Tomlins, Deputy Leader, AEP

Jacqueline Tomlins
Jac Tomlins is a writer, trainer and long-time campaigner for LGBTIQ rights. She has been an outspoken advocate for the community for many years, speaking on radio and TV and publishing in a range of LGBTIQ and mainstream publications. She is one of the founding members of the Australian Equality Party.