Ending the ‘Jobs for Mates’ Culture with Dr Sophie Scamps


Restoring trust and integrity in Australia’s democracy was a key issue in 2022 federal election.

Join Independent MP Dr Sophie Scamps for a discussion of her new bill designed to end the ‘jobs for mates’ culture in federal politics. The bill seeks to legislate a transparent and independent process for major government public appointments, setting a gold standard for appointments.

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  • Dr Sophie Scamps, Member for Mackellar

Dr Sophie Scamps MP is the Independent Member for the Federal electorate of Mackellar. Sophie made history at the 2022 election by becoming the first Independent to win the Northern Beaches seat since it was first formed in 1949. Sophie won the seat after promising a new way of doing politics, putting the community first and campaigning on a platform of climate action, integrity, and equality.

Before deciding to stand as an Independent in the 2022 election, Sophie was a practicing GP in Narrabeen while she also served the community as a doctor in the Emergency Department of Mona Vale Hospital. Whilst studying medicine at the University of Sydney and then Oxford University in the UK, Sophie was an elite athlete. Sophie’s athletics achievements include qualifying for the 1992 Olympics in 800m, while she was also a gold medallist at the World Junior Athletics Championship. Sophie continues to be involved in athletics to this day.

Sophie is also the founder of Our Blue Dot, a community-led NGO that aims to help individuals and community groups reduce their impact on the environment. Sophie, her husband and three children live in Avalon and have called Mackellar home for nearly 25 years.


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