I am Despi O’Connor, and I am standing as the Independent candidate for the seat of Flinders at the 2022 Federal Election.

I am a long term Peninsula resident, a teacher and I have been very active in local sporting clubs for many years. I am also a shire councillor and have recently finished my stint as Shire Mayor.

I am standing on four core values: Respect, Integrity, Opportunity and Consultation. I am standing because the people of Flinders need their concerns heard and represented in Canberra.


  • The strength of any democracy is eroded by corruption and a lack of accountability; and this is what we’re seeing play out in our Federal parliament.
  • Without a Federal integrity body with teeth, the lies, rorts and coverups will continue to overshadow debates and discussions of national importance.


  • The pandemic has seen worsening inequality in our workplaces and households, as well as increased reports of violence against women on the Peninsula. 
  • The Jenkins Report reaffirms the urgent need to radically invest in system change to ensure our residents are free and supported to be their best version.

Climate action

  • We’re in the early stages of a climate crisis; if we don’t act we can anticipate worsening storms and risk further deterioration of the Peninsula’s fragile ecosystems.
  • Australia is being left behind on climate action; and we risk missing out on continuing prosperity for our local tourism and agricultural businesses.


Despi O’Connor only accepts donations from Australian citizens, permanent residents and Australian companies. Despi O’Connor may be required to disclose the name and address of any person or entity that makes donations above the $14,500 disclosure threshold (this financial year) to the Australian Electoral Commission.

The success of Despi’s campaign will rely on donations from the community. Thank you so much for supporting Despi to stand to represent the Flinders community in Canberra.

You are not allowed to make, and Despi O’Connor is not allowed to receive, a donation from a foreign donor, see definition here. You warrant that you are not a foreign donor by selecting the relevant box in the payment section. If we have any concerns about your eligibility we may need to ask for proof of that status.

There are no caps on political donations under Commonwealth electoral laws. If your donation is more than $14,500 (or exceeds $14,500 together with other smaller donations you have made in FY2021/2022) then your name and amount of the donation will need to be disclosed to the Australian Electoral Commission. You will also need to lodge a donor disclosure after the election, which we will notify you about at the time. The form is simple and we can help as needed. Please see here for more donor disclosure information.

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