Balance of power

From March 1988, Clover was continuously elected to represent the Bligh/Sydney electorate as an Independent MP in the NSW Parliament. She took the community’s concerns directly to Parliament to influence and get action from Government. She spoke on legislation, asked questions and lobbied responsible Ministers to keep the community’s concerns on the agenda.

A Sydney Morning Herald column said: "In her 20 years as MP, with more successful private member's bills than anyone in a century, Moore has done more to keep the bastards honest than Don Chipp ever did.”

Small bars, Freedom of Information laws, whistleblower protection, disclosure of government contracts, boarding house protection, tenant's rights, strata title reform, making it illegal to incite hatred against members of the GLBT community and making same sex adoption legal are among her proudest achievements.

When she held the balance of power alongside other Independents in NSW she delivered a Charter of Reform, which has been called the most radical state political reform agenda of any Westminster Parliament in the 20th Century.

This Charter led to strengthened Freedom of Information legislation, a constitutional guarantee of the independence of the judiciary and other measures to encourage greater accountability and transparency in government.

She was forced to resign on 21 September 2012 after a state law, enacted by a Liberal Government with the support of the Shooters & Fishers Party and the Fred Nile group, made it illegal for her to continue in both roles. Despite the fact that representing the community at both levels of government allowed for effective and efficient democratic representation.