Major ‘Moogy’ Sumner

Senate candidate for SA

Hi, I’m Major – but most people call me ‘Moogy’.

I’m excited to put my hand up for the Senate because I’m passionate about putting people and the environment back at the centre of decision-making.

I became a Member of the Order of Australia in 2014 after dedicating my life to promoting Aboriginal health and welfare, and youth and cultural heritage. A Ngarrindjeri elder and a world-renowned artist, performer and cultural ambassador, I formed the Tal-kin-jeri Dance Group almost 30 years ago and have performed around the world.

I’m passionate about people and planet – particularly saving the Murray and protecting the Great Australian Bight, while fighting to address inequality and for more Aboriginal representation in the federal parliament.

I strive to protect the environment and will work in Canberra for a more sustainable nation and caring community. By looking at things from a cultural perspective, I believe we can do more to care for people and country than we currently are.

I will fight the greed that has allowed our rivers to be drained and the Great Australian Bight to be put at risk from big oil and gas companies. By educating our young people and investing in renewable energy, I know we can do what is right by our country and each other.

South Australia has sadly never had a First Nations person represent us in our Federal Parliament, and I would be proud to be the first.