David Speirs MP

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

I have lived in Australia for half my life since arriving from Scotland with my family in 2002, having grown up on an isolated dairy farm. A little over eleven years later I was elected to represent the greatest part of the greatest city on earth, something I could not have imagined when I first arrived here. From environmental work at Hallett Cove to surf life-saving at Brighton, I have thrown myself into being actively engaged with my local community. I am a practising Christian and my faith and beliefs are the foundation on which I base my work in public life.

 

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

Easing the cost of living pressure and increasing community engagement with our natural environment, particularly the coastline.

 

No one wants to see any child bullied at school for any reason. But recent anti-bullying programs 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?

Same response as question 3.

 

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?

Prostitution is an extremely exploitative industry. There have been several attempts by the State Parliament to ‘reform prostitution’ in SA but all attempts thus far have been unsuccessful in passing both Houses of Parliament. There has been no specific vote yet on a “Nordic Model” bill but I am a vocal advocate for such a model and would be happy to work with my colleagues to develop and promote such a bill. It is my view that the Nordic Model, which criminalises the procurement of sex rather than the provision of it, is the best way to ‘suffocate’ the industry by limiting its users. I am also of the view that any such legislation should be supported by a envelope of funding  to help people exit prostitution.

 

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

I voted against euthanasia when it was last brought to Parliament in 2015. I do no support euthanasia and I would oppose any future attempts to legislate euthanasia in South Australia.

 

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?
  • an inquiry into improving end of life treatment for South Australians and in particular into how palliative care may be improved?

A Marshall Liberal Government will support increased funding for palliative care in South Australia and details will be released prior to the election. I am of the view that there should be an inquiry into end of life treatment and will actively push this within the next parliament.

 

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?

A Marshall Liberal Government will not be introducing legislation on this issue, however it is my personal view that section 82A(8) of the Criminal Law Consolidation Act should be reviewed given the chances of a child living at 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?

I strongly support the continuation of this right.

 

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?

I personally support legislating for $1 bets.

 

How would you like to be remembered as a parliamentarian?

I believe that the role of a local member of parliament is to work hard to support, resource and encourage their community. I hope that I will be remembered as someone who used my role to nurture, grow and fasten a greater sense of community spirit in both my electorate and in wider South Australia.