Please tell us a little about yourself – your upbringing, family, interests etc.
Graham was born in the UK, grew up in South Africa and moved to the Mitcham Council area 14 years ago with his wife and two daughters. He chose to live in the southern suburbs region due it's great lifestyle and connection to the hills, coast and city. Graham represents the community in a number of areas including sustainability, conservation and essential services through his roles as Chair of Sustainable Engineering Society, Vice President of the Conservation Council SA and the Community Action Committee for ESCOSA.
What are the two top priorities that you want to achieve for your electorate?
My top priority is honest, open, transparent and accountable Government and is a key reason for me standing. I have a track record of standing up for the down trodden and fighting for social justice. As an example, my reports calling out a dodgy deal at Coober Pedy has ended up in Parliament and the Senate. I would love to see higher levels of honesty and ethics being brought into Parliament
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.
I personally think that bullying of any nature needs to be dealt with firmly and not just for a single sector. At this stage, I have not studied the material, nor do we have party policy on determined yet. SA-BEST will fight for the underdog and basic rights of all people.
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?
There is no party policy on this as yet.
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?
There is no party policy on this as yet, but I abhor the degradation and exploitation that many women and indeed children have suffered. I would strive to implement any policy that improves the lives of these people and firmly deals with predatory behaviour. I find it utterly abhorrent that institutions and indeed the Church had widespread paedophilia and this would form the highest priority to eradicate and bring to justice perpetrators and those complicit.
Euthanasia has been rejected by SA parliaments on 15 occasions. Would you oppose or support any future attempts to legalise euthanasia in Tasmania?
This is still subject to what the electorate and party determine. My thinking is that it is a slippery slope if the state determines how someone shall live and die - obviously with the proviso that we do not affect others. TBD
According to Palliative Care SA about 6000 South Australians will die this year without adequate palliative care. Would you support:
Increased funding for palliative care in this State? Yes
an inquiry into improving end of life treatment for South Australians and in particular into how palliative care may be improved? Yes
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?
I would support any measures to reduce the impact of drugs with a combination of rehab and stricter penalties. I would take advise from evidence provided, but at this stage specific policy is being addressed.
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?
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?
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?
We are in the process of announcing policy on this very soon. You would be aware we are deeply concerned with gambling and its impact on families and others.
How would you like to be remembered as a parliamentarian?
As someone who had the courage of convictions to call out dishonest and unscrupulous behaviour and in so doing raised the bar of integrity in parliament. In this regard, Bonhoefer is a role model.