Please tell us a little about yourself, upbringing, family, interests etc.
I was born in Launceston in 1961, I spent 7 years in Devonport on the North West coast of Tasmania before my family returning to Launceston where I have spent the rest of my life.
I have 3 children, one still in infant school.
I have a working background of business administration, business ownership, sales and marketing and hotel management. I currently work in my own business which I have done for the last 6 years, the business is involved in printed promotional material.
I am a great music fan as having spent 20 years in musical groups in Tasmania. I love cooking and am a cooking show tragic.
What are the top two priorities you want to achieve for your electorate
I believe economic growth is the key to a more buoyant economy and thus provide further funding for improvements frontline public services. I would like to concentrate on bringing in further business to Tasmania from the mainland and support all current industry. I wish to ensure a second Tamar River bridge become a reality, it will see Launceston through the next 50 years.
Euthanasia has been rejected by the Tasmanian Parliaments in 1998, 2009, 2013 and 2017. Would you oppose or support any future attempts to legalise euthanasia in Tasmania?
I believe in dying with dignity, the medical profession have always been assisting terminally ill patients. I do not wish parliament to follow legalised euthanasia.
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 am totally against changing or introducing legalisation of drugs, as I understand users of cannabis are fairly free to have person use only amounts.
According to a 2013 Galaxy poll, the majority of Tasmanians oppose late term abortions except in cases of severe disability. Despite this, Tasmania's abortion law continues to allow abortion up until birth. Would you support or oppose an amendment to legislation to repeal the provision of late term (post 24 weeks) abortions except when a mother's life is in danger?
I do not support late term abortions unless the mother’s life is in danger.
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?
I have no concerns for employment in small business being based on fellow religious beliefs.
Do you agree with state funding of education programs that teach contested gender theory (like the so called Safe Schools Programme?)
I am totally against the safe school program.
Poker machines cause a great deal of social harm to vulnerable Tasmanians. Over $15 million is lost monthly on poker machines in Tasmania, with a significant portion of this attributed to the estimated 8000 problem or moderate-risk gamblers. Do you support legislation for a $ I bet limit? What other measures do you support to help at-risk Tasmanians and their families?
A $1.00 bet limit on poker machines is sensible, further support and necessary funding is required to assist those who admit to gambling problems.
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 an inquiry into the suitability of the Nordic approach to help vulnerable women in Tasmania?
Prostitution is well known as the worlds oldest profession, it will never be curbed. I do not agree with criminalising the “buyer of sex”.
How would you like to be remembered as a politician?
I would like to be remembered as an ideas man and capable of seeing them to fruition, a fair man and steadfast in his principles.