Jacquie Petrusma MP, Liberal Member


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Check out candidates’ voting record on marriage, abortion and euthanasia HERE.


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

I was born in Launceston and trained at the LGH as a Registered Nurse before shifting to Hobart with my first daughter.  I worked in health related areas until elected in March 2010. I have completed a business degree, worked as a National Sales Manager in a global medical company, and owned my own business.  My husband is also an RN and we have three children.  From my life experience, as well as from studying an education degree, I’m very interested in policies that will strengthen and support families. health, education, cost of living, family violence, aged care, and people with disability.


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

To build everyone’s future in strong communities and make Tasmania the best state in Australia in which to work, live and raise a family.  This will be assisted by growing a stronger economy, which will not only create more jobs and employment for Tasmanians, but will give us more money to invest into essential services such as health and helping and assisting our most in need and most vulnerable.  Also, by taking greater action on the rising cost of living, affordable housing, keeping Tasmanians safe, and giving our children and young people the best possible start in life and education.


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 would strongly oppose and vote against any attempts to legalise euthanasia as I did in 2013 and 2017. As an RN who worked in aged care and looked after countless people receiving palliative care, I am a passionate advocate for the need to ensure that we continue to research, use and promote world's best practice palliative care that will negate any need for assisted suicide.  I also believe in the dignity of human life and that euthanasia poses too great a threat to our most vulnerable – especially people with physical and mental disability, the elderly, children and young people. 


10: How would you like to be remembered as a politician?

Hard working, compassionate, and trustworthy Member of Parliament, who worked for the good of my constituents and stood up for the Christian worldview, and defended the values, rights and freedoms that are important to me, including freedom of speech, freedom of religion, parental rights, protecting and assisting our most vulnerable and the dignity of human life. 

To be known for my conviction, integrity and courage to battle for justice, truth and the heart and soul of Tasmania, and for safeguarding protections as shown by my advocacy and voting record on issues such as same sex marriage, euthanasia, abortion, adoption, anti-discrimination, surrogacy and family violence.


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?

The Tasmanian Liberals will not decriminalise illicit drugs, nor introduce legislation to do so. Nor will we support legislation introduced by another political party.

Illicit drug use can lead to significant social problems, including family violence and child abuse. We will reduce the supply, demand and harms associated with the abuse and misuse of illicit drugs. See www.tas.liberal.org.au for all election policies.

In contrast, the Greens have a clear policy to remove criminal penalties for personal illicit drug use and in 2017, Labor voted in favour of the "decriminalisation of small volume use and possession of illicit drugs".


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?

The Tasmanian Liberals have no plans to change the current laws. Should another political party bring such laws to Parliament, my Members will be allowed a conscience vote, as they have in previous years when legislation related to the termination of pregnancy has been debated.


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?

Such rights already exist. Faith-based organisations are able to seek exemption from the Anti-Discrimination Act, subject to conditions set by the independent Commissioner, and limited to a period of not more than three years. Extensions can be sought. Exemptions enable faithbased organisations to employ persons based on religion or participation in religious observance.


Do you agree with state funding of education programs that teach contested gender theory (like the so called Safe Schools Programme?)

The Liberals will continue to provide safe and supportive learning environments, for all students and staff. We have put in place a new $3 million Combatting Bullying Initiative that will provide practical support to schools to ensure that all students feel safe and valued in their school community.


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?

The Liberals' policy is available at www.tas.liberal.org.au

Tasmania's harm minimisation framework is already recognised as national best practice and

99.5% of Tasmanians are not problem gamblers. The Liberals will:

  • reduce the cap on poker machines by 150;
  • end the monopoly;
  • allow venues to licence, own and operate machines, increasing returns to pubs and clubs to invest in economic activity and jobs;
  • increase returns for government to invest in schools and hospitals;
  • double the Community Support Levy to around $9 million per year, providing a bigger pool for harm minimisation, preventative health and support for community sporting activities and facilities.


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?

The Liberal Party has no plans to change existing laws