Candidates

Convenor Nicholas Houston

Nick Houston: Independent Candidate for the ACT Senate

In the May 2019 election Nick Houston ran as the Democratic Reform Alliance (DRA) aligned Independent Candidate for the ACT Senate.

The campaign was a success in launching the Democratic Reform Alliance in Canberra and in attracting thousands of people to the integrity, transparancy and accountability agenda of the Democratic Reform Alliance. 

Nick is a long term resident of Canberra who grew up in Belconnen and went to Cook Primary, Canberra High School and Hawker College. He then relocated to Melbourne to graduate from the University of Melbourne with an Arts Law Degree. He now lives in Woden.

Nick has worked for the departments of Industrial Relations, Agriculture, and Immigration in Canberra in various legal and policy roles. Interspersed with this work he was engaged as an employee solicitor at Maurice Blackburn in Melbourne and worked as an English teacher in Quito and Buenos Aires. More adventurously, he established and managed a migration consultancy in Mexico City for 4 years learning Spanish and combining a professional life with an intense set of cultural experiences.

For the last 13 years Nick has run a legal practice in Canberra specialising in migration law. He is well versed in the challenges facing small business caught between big government and corporate systems.

Nick is also the intellectual author and Convenor of the Democratic Reform Alliance.

Of his political development, Nick says that first he could not read the Murdoch newspapers, then he could not watch commercial TV news, then he could not watch SBS News, and finally he could not watch the ABC, particularly Q&A, without collapsing.

At that point he began thinking about the kind of organisation may be able to bring change to Australian politics, and some time later founded the Democratic Reform Alliance.

Married with 2 small children Nicholas is a lover of all football codes and is a keen soccer player. He plays the cello and guitar when time permits.

For more information about Nick please visit: Nick Houston - Politician

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