Kristy Johnson – Liberal Candidate


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

I am a born and bred northern suburbs girl.  My family owned a small business in Claremont, a petrol station, and I began working there after school when I was 12.  Working at such a young age has given me a firm foundation in my work and moral ethics.  I now own two fitness centres with my business partners, in Glenorchy and Bellerive, which provide health and fitness to these local communities.  I have 10 year old twin girls, Lotti and Mia, who keep me on my toes everyday, and have recently become a single mother.  I am passionate about life and I never say no to a challenge.  Failure is learning how to do it better next time.


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

1) Finding a solution to generational issues, breaking a poverty mind-set and giving hope back to the community, including providing pathways for our younger generation to gain education and skills to give them lifelong opportunities for success, like apprenticeships and other forms of education such as TAFE, not just University.

2) Keeping our young people in school longer and reducing youth unemployment. As an employer, I have been shocked by the mindset of some young adults, who don’t seem to want to work full time or lack the persistence to improve their skills. Something has gone wrong somewhere, I seek an opportunity to find it and investigate how this can be changed.


Euthanasia has been rejected by Tasmanian parliaments in 1998, 2009, 2013 and 2017. Would you oppose or support any future attempts to legalise euthanasia in Tasmania?

Euthanasia is a very emotional debate.  My personal values will always be to seek to preserve life.  I would have to view any legislation before I would consider changing something that goes beyond my value system.   My concern is that once euthanasia is legalised, lobby groups would seek to expand the laws.  I would not like to see Australia have laws similar to European countries where you can voluntarily end your life due to alcoholism or depression.  I believe we do much better in palliative care; pain relieving drugs are so advanced that all forms of pain can be addressed for those suffering.


How would you like to be remembered as a politician?

My aim is to be a strong, female voice in government.  I believe in small government, not an over-reaching one, where freedom of choice and freedom of speech is protected.  I want to see all generations being given hope to continually empower themselves to grow and be successful.


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 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

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