Politically engaged locals filled the Sutherland Multi-Purpose Centre Wednesday evening to hear Independent Hughes candidate Georgia Steele's pitch for votes.
Ms Steele told the audience at the town hall meeting her key priorities and how she would deliver for the community if elected.
The Independent candidate is running on a platform of urgent action on climate change, the need for federal integrity laws, and equality of opportunity.
Ms Steele fielded dozens of questions from the audience, including the benefits of electing an Independent MP.
"Independents can end up having a really, really powerful position in federal parliament," Ms Steele said.
"Independents could hold the balance of power after the election and get immediate, significant action on the issues they care about or hold a powerful position on the federal crossbench - both of which would demand attention from the major parties.
"It's great for communities to have Independents representing them, and especially a community like Hughes, which has been a safe seat and has been taken for granted for so long.
"Having had Craig Kelly as our federal MP for 12 years, I think, let's mix it up. What have we got to lose?"
Independent MP Zali Steggall, who won the previously safe Liberal seat of Warringah from former Prime Minister Tony Abbott at the 2019 election, offered a resounding endorsement of the Independents' movement in Hughes.
"It is exciting to see the rise of Independents, Ms Steggall said.
"To see professional women standing up for their community ... on the important issues from climate to integrity to fiscal management."
Ms Steggall said she hoped the 2022 federal election would be a watershed moment in Australian politics, bringing a real change of scene.
"I encourage everyone in the community to get behind, get involved, your voice, your vote, matters," Ms Steggall said.
"To the community of Hughes - well done for already getting behind an Independent candidate like Georgia and getting involved. Our democracy is fragile, and we really all need to play our part in it, so good luck, everyone!"
The Town Hall event is part of Ms Steele's Community Tour of Hughes, which includes events and opportunities during November and December for residents to come and speak with her at locations all around the electorate.
For more information please visit georgiasteele.com.au/where-i-am/.