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Kelly Vincent announces Dignity Party Candidate for Giles

Dignity Party MLC Kelly Vincent is proud to be in Whyalla today to launch the campaign of the Dignity Party candidate for Giles, Cyanne Westerman.

Based on her lived experience, 26 year old Cyanne sees the need to change the
world to better include people with disability. She believes all South Australians need to be free to live the life they want, this is not always the case and human rights are not always acknowledged.

“I’m thrilled to be able to support Cyanne here in Whyalla today. It takes someone with a heart as big as Cyanne’s to run as a candidate in the state’s biggest electorate,” said Ms Vincent.

“Returning to regional South Australia after regular visits last year, is troubles me that there is still unrest, uncertainty and at times unfairness surrounding the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).”

“Meeting with locals and service providers in Port Pirie and Port Augusta this week, it is clear that where the NDIS is working for people, it’s working really well, where it’s not working, it’s rocky and very difficult to navigate.”

“We are a political party offering a team that actually understands real South
Australians. Dignity Party candidates know what it’s like to wait for access to services in the state’s regions, or be let down by health, disability or aged care services when you live outside of metropolitan Adelaide. We know what a struggle it can be when you can’t pay your huge water or electricity bill.”

Cyanne also wants to be a champion for young people, and to highlight the struggle of regional South Australians who do not always have access to the same level of services as their city cousins. Post school options and employment for people with disabilities are another area of interest.

Cyanne is committed to Kelly Vincent’s re-election and increasing community awareness for long-neglected issues in regional SA.

Quotes attributable to Cyanne Westerman:
“Our education and health systems need to get serious about ensuring everyone has more knowledge about people with disabilities,” said Ms Westerman.

“The rollout of the NDIS will not change the health and education systems, but they need to ensure the dignity of students, teachers and clients.”