Answer

I see the shadow representative as having three purposes:

1. To listen to and learn from my community

2. To skill up myself and supporters in advance of winning the seat at the next election

3. To demonstrate that there is a viable alternative to the two-party system

Being a shadow representative is not analogous to being the elected federal Member for Bradfield, because the sitting Member:

1. Gets paid to represent; the shadow representative does not;

2. Has formal power; the shadow representative does not;

3. Has party backing; the shadow representative does not.

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