THE SE­NA­TOR FROM NORMANHURST

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Glen Frost has known Nick Xenephon for years through var­i­ous con­fer­enc­ing busi­nesses he has been in­volved with. But it wasn’t un­til Se­na­tor Xenephon put the call out on so­cial me­dia for can­di­dates to join his Nick Xenephon Team (NXT) last year that Frost de­cided to turn an in­ter­est in pol­i­tics into a ca­reer.

“We had to apply as if it was like a job. We filled out forms with ques­tions like, “What do you want to do for Aus­tralia?” Frost said.

“Then we had a cou­ple of in­ter­views and a day where we all got to­gether with Se­na­tor Xenephon. We had to give a ten minute speech and then take ques­tions from the room. Then the room voted on the two peo­ple we wanted to back for Se­na­tor can­di­dates.”

Frost’s speech and an­swers to the ques­tions ob­vi­ously im­pressed enough peo­ple in the room to get the nod to not only be an en­dorsed can­di­date for the NXT in NSW, but to be its lead can­di­date.

The Normanhurst lo­cal’s main plat­form and the thing he is most pas­sion­ate about is small business. He be­lieves it is the big­gest con­tri­bu­tion he can make be­cause he comes from a small business back­ground.

He also be­lieves the ma­jor po­lit­i­cal par­ties have not rep­re­sented small business ef­fec­tively in Gov­ern­ment which is why he joined the Nick Xenephon Team and not La­bor or Lib­eral.

Ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion in Aus­tralia is also some­thing he wants to cham­pion. Specif­i­cally, he be­lieves po­lit­i­cal party do­na­tions in Aus­tralia should be far more trans­par­ent and pub­lic.

He also talks pas­sion­ately about the other plat­forms that have tra­di­tion­ally been associated with Se­na­tor Nick Xenephon’s po­lit­i­cal ca­reer. In par­tic­u­lar, tight­en­ing of preda­tory poker ma­chine reg­u­la­tion is some­thing he is keen to ad­dress in Can­berra.

Born in Aus­tralia, Frost grew up in the UK, be­fore mov­ing back to Aus­tralia in 1993. He has lived al­most ex­clu­sively in Normanhurst with his wife, Shiva and their two daugh­ters, Yas­min and Leila ever since.

The NXT was launched in 2004 by Se­na­tor Nick Xenephon who was first elected to par­lia­ment in 1997 on an al­most ex­clu­sive “no-pok­ies” plat­form.

Glen Frost Photo: An­thony Brew­ster

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