Hammond

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

I was elected to the South Australian House of Assembly in 2006 as the Member for Hammond and I have since maintained the seat being re-elected to a third term in the 2014 election. Since becoming the Member for Hammond, I have had responsibilities of Shadow portfolios of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, Forests, River Murray, Sustainability & Climate Change, Mineral Resources Development as well as Opposition Whip. I was raised in a Uniting Church household with my father having been a Lay Preacher for 60 years. Being brought up in a generational farming family, I was well placed to understand and respond to issues that really concern primary producers in South Australia. Prior to entering politics, I held several jobs in the agriculture industry, which included owning and operating a dryland and grazing enterprise, plus a commercial Poll Herefords operation for 14 years. I also worked as a local shearer in the South East for over a decade. I was raised on the family property at Coomandook in the State’s Murray Mallee region, where I still reside with my wife Sally and two sons, Mack and Angus. My personal interests include Australian Rules football in which I am a regular attendee and volunteer at the Peake Football Club. My hobbies include lawn bowls and I love camping with my family. I continue to be actively involved in my local community, including as a CFS member amongst other interests.

 

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

Security for the River Murray, better services for the electorate and capitalising with positive jobs growth.

 

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?

My base position is not to support the decriminalisation of prostitution, but the Nordic Model does offer some positive outcomes, though I would have to review the legislation prior to forming my position on it.

 

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

No, I will not support Voluntary Euthanasia.

 

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?

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?

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.

 

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?

In the first instance, I do support the right to choose those likeminded; however, I would not want people of good character and good quality not to have the opportunity to gain employment.

 

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 would best like to be remembered as someone who has helped make positive changes to the electorate and the state, but also someone remembered for championing the individual.