Meet the founders…
Graeme Cordiner’s central concern is the erosion of the democratic process, and reversing the perception of powerlessness of the ordinary citizen. Graeme has been an independent candidate at local, state, and federal levels. He is also co-founder of Residents for Appropriate Development and Sydney Friends of Myall Creek. He is on the national committee of the Myall Creek Massacre Memorial. Graeme is a writer, with a teaching background in Australia, Japan and Zimbabwe.
Martin Allan is interested in making businesses sustainable in all areas not just the bottom line. He is the treasurer in his local chamber of commerce & operates a small business bookkeeping practice.
Peter Stewart is a Sydney businessman who has worked in the property and parking industries for over 25 years. He is also author of Demons at Dusk, a book about the infamous massacre at Myall Creek in 1838. He is an ambassador for the Myall Creek Memorial Committee, a role which focusses on promoting reconciliation. Peter is concerned about the current lack of balance, transparency and integrity in Australian political processes. He believes AIM can help address these issues by the application of the five tests.
Joyce Fraser married to an aeronautical engineer and mother of two adult sons has been asociated with Initiatives of Change for over 40 years. ‘Be the change you want to see in the world’ sums up her philosophy. The 5 tests, an integral part of AIM, if carried out on a large scale could transform the political arena. She is eager to promote these.
Ted Webber comes from a corporate background with twenty years experience as a training and development consultant. His main concerns relate to conserving the strong cultural tradition in Australia of fairness, equity and the democratic process, and ensuring this applies to everyone.
Len Cordiner’s concern is the poll-driven ‘short-termism’ across the poitical spectrum, leaving very little room for a vision for the future embodying sustainability. It currently is all about ‘me in the now’. His passion now is working to build a sustainable future for travel through the company he set up, the WHL group. This group is most active in the developing world.
1948 – 2012
David worked in community, industrial and race relations in different parts of the world and was concerned with the process of creating democratic attitudes in people as much as in legislation. David saw the need for a much greater cohesiveness in multicultural Austalia, where everyone is encouraged to contribute towards the community and each person is appreciated. In the past years David helped organise Community Dialogues between Christians and Muslims in different parts of Sydney, as well as other dialogues between cultural groups and workshops for young people following the Cronulla riots.
After graduating B.Com (University of Melbourne, 1943) Ted Holmes gained accounting experience in industry, chartered accounting, with Melbourne Olympic Games committee, university lecturer and consultant to Victoria’s Cain governments on Public Sector reform; also, public relations experience with the Snowy Mountains Authority. Ted is convinced Australia’s future depends on having leaders of integrity in Parliament – independents and party members – and elsewhere, committed to the public good as the critical first test of every policy proposal. As citizens, we need to be actively involved in society – living by the same standards – and demanding our leaders do likewise.
Malcolm Frasr was educated at Northbridge Public School, North Sydney Boys’ High, and the University of Sydney. He worked as an engineer for 39 years in the aviation industry. He is married to Joyce and lives in the inner city suburb of Marrickville. He is active in trade union affairs and is also a youth group leader.
Kendall is married to Beth. They live in the Northern Territory between Darwin and East Arnhem Land. Kendall is a Community Development worker and Mediator with cross cultural interests. He desires to see a sustainable social and economic development in the Northern Territory, which he believes requires categorical integration of indigenous systems into the day to day governance of the north. AIM with its roots in Independent representation, grassroots focus and its five tests for integrity are a step toward this goal.
James has just completed a his university degree majoring in Computer Science and Japanese studies. He believes in the importance of the web as an effective medium to get people’s voices across to the public, a key component in encouraging a grassroots democracy.