Hi everyone,

I just wanted to reach out and say a massive thank you for all of your beautiful and supportive messages over the last 10 days. Between my Facebook accounts, Instagram, Twitter, private messages and emails I’ve been inundated (in the best possible way). Apologies if I haven’t replied to you individually. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I had always accepted that beating Mr Conaghan would not be easy given he held Cowper by a margin of more than 11% and so while naturally I’m disappointed I’m in the mood to celebrate all that we have done together.

It’s been an incredible privilege to run as the Independent Candidate in the seat of Cowper and I am extremely heartened by the movement we have created in our region and the very close race we were able to mount.

I am relieved to see the values of the people of Cowper are more closely reflected in the government of Australia again.

We have more Independents than ever in the House of Representatives and a new Prime Minister committed to supporting the Uluṟu Statement from the Heart, a federal ICAC, aged care residents and workers being treated with dignity and respect, the Biloela family returned to their community and real action on climate change!

Thank you to all of the generous and wonderful volunteers who have worked alongside me for grass roots democracy and to elevate our collective community voice.

Thank you as well to the hundreds of local people whose generous donations enabled us to run a dynamic campaign which dramatically slashed the Nationals margin in Cowper.

I will continue to be a proud and vocal advocate for the community.

Hopefully, the Voices 4 Cowper will be back in three years and I intend to put my name forward to enter the preselection process again.

It is time to regroup, reflect, plan and continue consulting.

Our work is not over Cowper.

Onwards and upwards!

Your Independent Voice for Cowper!

My campaign is all about us, our communities and our futures.

As an Independent candidate, I stand for you, the people and voices of Cowper, and advocate for a community-minded approach to politics.

I am not beholden to big-party policy and preferences, nor to monied interests and influence.

I will always work with you, and for you, with respect, honesty and integrity. My key priorities are:

Climate change, too often ignored by the major political parties, is a policy that independents like Carolyn Heise are willing to champion.


The science of climate change is clear and informs us to what needs to be done to protect our way of life and environment. It is time to take real action.
Integrity has been far too lacking in Australian politics for far too long; Carolyn Heise, independent candidate for Cowper, wants that to change.


It is critical we restore the public’s faith in our political system by restoring decency and creating a culture of accountability, transparency and trust.
Access to quality healthcare should be a right of every Australian. Vote 1 Caz4Cowper to ensure Medicare remains unchainged.


Access to professional, effective and affordable health care should be enjoyed by everyone who lives in Cowper.
Respect is at the core of independent, resilient communities. Let's work together to ensure respect amongst all people.


At the core of all healthy, resilient and productive communities is a deep commitment to respect.

It is time to take real action to reduce emissions and incentivise the uptake of electric vehicles, home battery storage and micro community electricity grids.

Why Independent?
Why Me?

I am running as an Independent candidate because the people of Cowper deserve better than a politician from a party political system corrupted by donors and self interest.

AS a nurse, a health administrator and a mother I’ve always been focused on caring for people, planning for success and creating healthy, respectful and resilient people and communities.

A cancer diagnosis 3 years ago shook me to the core, but thanks to the best medical treatments available, the support of family, friends and colleagues and an unwavering respect for the power of medicine and science I am now fit, healthy and cancer-free .

I am ready to embark on bringing much needed change to this beautiful part of the world.

I will be a true representative for all of our community.

I will be your Voice in Canberra, putting you first, and serving you with respect, honesty and integrity.

At the core of all healthy, resilient and productive communities is a deep commitment to respect. When I work with you, and on your behalf, I will always act with honesty and integrity.

Contact Me

The election may be over but I will continue to campaign for what is right for Cowper.

I'll be archiving election-based newsletters and articles, but stay tuned for Conversations with Caz, an ongoing blog of my commitment to the community of Cowper.

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