Hurtle Vale

Please tell us a little about yourself – your upbringing, family, interests etc.

I was born in Port Pirie and grew up all around country Australia with my father pastoring a number of small churches and later becoming principal at some small Christian primary schools – including to help start what is now Sunrise Christian School Whyalla. Mum was kept busy looking after the 4 children.

I went to high school at what is now Emmaus Christian College (formerly Bethesda) and afterwards went to Adelaide University where I completed a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies and became fluent in Mandarin Chinese after which I studied full time in Tabor College to receive a Certificate in TESOL.

Since 2003, my career has seen me working in and with China including as state CEO of the Australia China Business Council and a Representative of the SA Government for China. I also met my Crystal; my wife of 13 years in China and we now live in Woodcroft with our 2 children Kirsty (11) and Aidan (9).

 

What are the two top priorities that you want to achieve for your electorate?

One of my major priorities for Hurtle Vale is Health – especially considering the closure of the Repat Hospital and downgrade of Noarlunga Hospital. In southern Adelaide we have a rapidly expanding population that is also ageing, and so I am working with the Marshall Liberal team on policies to improve services in these areas – one announcement made to date has been our pledge to reopen some operating theatres at the Repat as well as the hydrotherapy pool should we be elected in March.

Another key priority is jobs. Southern Adelaide is still hurting from the closure of Mitsubishi. I know with my background in helping SA businesses to grow and make money from Asia that there are so many more things we could be doing to create more employment in our region.

 

No one wants to see any child bullied at school for any reason. But recent anti-bullying program seem to have gone beyond this aim. Do you agree with state funding of the SHINE SA Safe Schools program which applies contested and scientifically unsound gender theory into all SA state schools without the need for parental consent? The program also seems to promote radical LGBTIQ concepts to children without parental consent.

A Marshall Liberal Government will replace the controversial Safe Schools programme with a broad evidence based anti-bullying programme with a particular focus on stopping online bullying. This new programme will be based on the successful NSW programme and legislation will be strengthened to make it easier to prosecute bullies.

 

If elected will you support an independent inquiry into the implementation of the SHINE SA Safe Schools program and the mandating of the Supporting Same sex attracted, Intersex and Gender Diverse Students Policy November 2016: and the Transgender and Intersex Students Support Procedure November 2016?

A Marshall Liberal Government will replace the controversial Safe Schools programme with a broad evidence based anti-bullying programme with a particular focus on stopping online bullying. This new programme will be based on the successful NSW programme and legislation will be strengthened to make it easier to prosecute bullies.

 

The SA parliament has unsuccessfully attempted to reform prostitution law in SA for many years. It is clear that prostitution degrades women by objectifying them as commodities for men’s sexual gratification. Internationally, policies discouraging demand for sexual services are proving to be the most effective way of limiting both the size of and the harms resulting from prostitution. The progressive “Nordic model” criminalises the buyer of sex, not the provider, and provides viable pathways for those wishing to exit prostitution. Would you support a Nordic Model Bill in the next parliament to help vulnerable women in SA?

I believe the Nordic model has significant merit, but this is a complex area of law and I would need to see the detail of any proposed legislative change before finalising my position on the bill.

 

Euthanasia has been rejected by SA parliaments on 15 occasions. Would you oppose or support any future attempts to legalise euthanasia in Tasmania?

I voted no to the 2016 euthanasia bill and wouldn’t vote for a future bill.

 

According to Palliative Care SA about 6000 South Australians will die this year without adequate palliative care. Would you support:

  1. Increased funding for palliative care in this State?
  2. an inquiry into improving end of life treatment for South Australians and in particular into how palliative care may be improved?

I believe life to be God-given and so I disagree with the principle of assisted dying.

A Marshall Liberal Government will support increased funding for palliative care in South Australia and details will be released prior to the election.

 

Drugs continue to wreak havoc in our community. Some are suggesting the decriminalisation of small volume use and possession of illicit drugs. Would you support or oppose legislation to enable this?

A Marshall Liberal Government will not support any legislative change to permit the decriminalisation of small volume use and possession of illicit drugs. In fact, a Marshall Liberal Government will ensure the maximum penalties for cannabis possession will be increased from $500 to $2000.

 

Given that the advances in medical science mean that children are now capable of being born alive at 24 weeks of a woman’s pregnancy, would you support a review of section 82A(8) of the Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935 which says that “evidence that a woman had at any material time been pregnant for a period of twenty-eight weeks or more shall be prima facie proof that she was at that time pregnant of a child capable of being born alive” with a view to bringing it into line with current medical science and so changing the period to 24 weeks?

Yes

 

Do you support faith-based organisations’ current right to, if they so choose, restrict employment or enrolment to those who share their ethos, just like political parties do?

Yes

 

Poker machines cause a great deal of social harm to vulnerable South Australians. Over $60 million is lost monthly on poker machines in South Australia, with a significant portion of this attributed losses suffered by women. Do you support legislating for $1 bets? B. What other measures do you support to help at-risk South Australians and their families?

The Liberal Party has not supported further reducing the maximum betting limit for gaming machines to $1. Maximum betting limits have only recently been halved from $10 to $5 from 1st January 2017. Recent growth in gambling has occurred in online gambling options as opposed to gaming machines. A Marshall Liberal Government will continue, review and expand where required
existing programmes that seek to reduce the number of problem gamblers and assist those who do have a gambling problem.

 

How would you like to be remembered as a parliamentarian?

I don’t care if I am remembered or not. I just want to work hard, work smart and do the best job I can.