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Simon Sheikh at Manning Clark House

By manningclarkhouse - 8 May 2013 18

Simon tells stories of his wins while he was at GetUp and what compelled him to leave the non-profit world and enter politics.

Manning Clark House 11 Tasmania Circle Forrest 14 May at 5:30pm. Entry $20/$10 MCH members & Conc. Bookings 02 6295 1808 or info@manningclark.org.au.

Simon is the ACT Greens candidate for the Senate. Previously an economist, public servant, National Director of GetUp! and now a Greens candidate – Simon’s story is pretty interesting! He is deeply passionate about Greens values of equality, environmental sustainability and looking after future generations.

 Simon Sheikh is 27 years old and lives in Canberra. He grew up in public housing in inner west Sydney, as the primary carer of his mother who suffered from mental ill-health.

 He was awarded a scholarship to attend UNSW to study economics. He put himself through university by working full time  in the Services Marketing team at Telstra and as a public servant at the NSW Treasury. At just 22, he was appointed as National Director of online advocacy group GetUp!, where he won significant campaigns such as increasing Government investment in mental health, and winning the quickest-ever High Court case, which overturned Howard-era rules that locked young people out of voting.

 After leaving GetUp in 2012, he went on a road trip with his wife Anna Rose around Australia. Taking time off for the first time in a long time, and travelling around Australia’s unique landscape; Simon reconsidered what was the most effective thing he could be doing to protect our communities from Tony Abbott gaining balance of power and winding back all the good work we’ve fought so hard for. That’s why he decided to run as the ACT Greens candidate for the Senate.

He was preselected as the ACT Greens Senate candidate and is now in the thick of a volunteer-powered campaign in the ACT.

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18 Responses to
Simon Sheikh at Manning Clark House
Mr Evil 11:28 pm 13 May 13

I heard he had to go up to Sydney to renew his Labor Party membership.

Diggety 11:11 pm 13 May 13

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Masquara said :

Notice that, while Sheikh claimed a few weeks ago to have spent “lots of time in Canberra over the last four years” (when it was convenient to spin that line), Canberra doesn’t rate a single mention in his bio? A Senator is elected to represent the interests of a state or territory – not an individual’s ambition and not a set of leftist causes.

Can you explain what leftist means. I mean right now, no listening to jones or Hadley before you answer.

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/leftist

Time to extract the joystick from that languorous rectum of yours and use google you lazy bugger!

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 9:58 pm 13 May 13

Masquara said :

Notice that, while Sheikh claimed a few weeks ago to have spent “lots of time in Canberra over the last four years” (when it was convenient to spin that line), Canberra doesn’t rate a single mention in his bio? A Senator is elected to represent the interests of a state or territory – not an individual’s ambition and not a set of leftist causes.

Can you explain what leftist means. I mean right now, no listening to jones or Hadley before you answer.

Masquara 9:15 pm 13 May 13

c_c™ said :

Professional commitments… his full time occupation is ‘candidate’

He didn’t have time to drive down the Hume Highway from where he lives three or so hours away?

Masquara 8:16 pm 13 May 13

Notice that, while Sheikh claimed a few weeks ago to have spent “lots of time in Canberra over the last four years” (when it was convenient to spin that line), Canberra doesn’t rate a single mention in his bio? A Senator is elected to represent the interests of a state or territory – not an individual’s ambition and not a set of leftist causes.

Mysteryman 5:00 pm 13 May 13

Diggety said :

manningclarkhouse said :

Unfortunately, due to professional commitments Simon has had to reschedule his evening talk tomorrow night at Manning Clark House. We will notify everyone when a new date has been confirmed

Did he fall asleep again?

Well played. I laughed.

dungfungus 4:31 pm 13 May 13

“He was awarded a scholarship to attend UNSW to study economics. He put himself through university by working full time……”

It must have been a piss-weak scholarship if he had to work full time to put himself through uni?
Hang on, how can you work full time and get an economics degree concurrently?

Diggety 2:46 pm 13 May 13

manningclarkhouse said :

Unfortunately, due to professional commitments Simon has had to reschedule his evening talk tomorrow night at Manning Clark House. We will notify everyone when a new date has been confirmed

Did he fall asleep again?

c_c™ 2:44 pm 13 May 13

Professional commitments… his full time occupation is ‘candidate’

manningclarkhouse 2:30 pm 13 May 13

Unfortunately, due to professional commitments Simon has had to reschedule his evening talk tomorrow night at Manning Clark House. We will notify everyone when a new date has been confirmed

Blen_Carmichael 3:01 pm 08 May 13

c_c™ said :

After leaving GetUp in 2012, he went on a road trip with his wife Anna Rose around Australia. Taking time off for the first time in a long time, and travelling around Australia’s unique landscape; Simon reconsidered what was the most effective thing he could be doing to protect our communities from Tony Abbott…

The Motorcycle Diaries II, the story of Simon Sheikh.

Erg0 12:16 pm 08 May 13

Is it just me, or is there a slight unintended implication to the statement that he’s “leav[ing] the non-profit world and enter[ing] politics”?

HiddenDragon 12:01 pm 08 May 13

Eric will be watching, and listening……..

c_c™ 11:59 am 08 May 13

After leaving GetUp in 2012, he went on a road trip with his wife Anna Rose around Australia. Taking time off for the first time in a long time, and travelling around Australia’s unique landscape; Simon reconsidered what was the most effective thing he could be doing to protect our communities from Tony Abbott gaining balance of power and winding back all the good work we’ve fought so hard for. That’s why he decided to run as the ACT Greens candidate for the Senate.

This part of the story seems about as dubious as the one about Kim Jong-ill’s birth at Baekdu Mountain being greeted by a double rainbow and a new star in the heavens.

Blen_Carmichael 11:54 am 08 May 13

Ah, Manning Clark House in Forrest, the former residence of the great historian who attacked the “trinity of bourgeois liberalism, democracy and material progress”.

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