Before the NSW Election on March 23, we’d like to ask: what does OPEN mean to you?
For us, 'open' means being open to conversation, ideas, opportunity, culture, experiences, possibilities, and of course, each other.
Keep Sydney Open is now a political party because we weren't being heard. When night-time safety was a headline story, we saw it as an opportunity to build an even more vibrant and inclusive nightlife, supported by 24-hour transport, smarter policing and better services. This would have enabled our culture and economy to grow while making the city safer. Instead, we got lockout laws.
The NSW Government went for this dumb fix because it is out-of-touch and not capable of fresh ideas. They refuse to take an evidence-based approach and have lost the ability to listen. This is true of other policy areas, not just nightlife, and now we find ourselves living in a nanny state that shuts out creative, younger, poorer and marginalised people.
Our message to the NSW Government is simple: you cannot ignore us anymore.
We are more than a political party — we are a movement that has galvanised people who have lacked a voice, and now we’re here to disrupt the establishment. We are not driven by ideology, we strive to solve problems in a way that delivers win/win outcomes, guided by fairness and smart solutions derived from global experiences.
The two-party preferred system is broken. It allows big business to influence decision-making at our expense, driving wedges in the community. We aim to break down the walls that pit culture against safety, business versus our environment, rich against poor and young against old.
We are running in 42 Lower House seats all over the state and have 21 candidates on the Legislative Council ballot — unprecedented for a grassroots party contesting its first election. This is possible because of your support and deep desire for change — our shared insistence that there has to be a better way.
Oh, and there's nothing wrong with having fun while we're at it!
Our time has come. Let's open Sydney up again and Keep NSW Open, too.
Authorised by Eoin Maher, Keep Sydney Open, 255B Crown St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010