Lorraine Bennett - SFF Candidate



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

Ran my own recruiting company for 10 years, company was merged with another company, where I was employed for another 5 years. I am recently retired and wanted to be involved in shaping our state. Hence joining the Shooters, Fishers & Farmers Party Tasmania.  I have been state secretary for 2.5 years and now am a candidate for Denison.

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

As a state Politician I would like to have an open door approach with the electorate. I feel the councils are more at the coal face than state politicians.  I would like to have close working relationship with all councils state level. 


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?

On a personal level I don’t know how anyone can let a terminally ill person suffer unnecessarily. Having said that, should this be a government decision or a decision between drs and families?  Our party will vote on this as their own conscious dictates.


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?

Deciding to take/or not to take Drugs is a personal choice.  The issues as I see it is we the public have to pick up the pieces of shattered lives of the hardened drug users.  We have found in the past making legislation to ban something does not stop the problems.  All it does is fill our courts, gives lawyers a job and fills our coffers in the way of fines (if they pay them) and fills our jails which again the man in the street pays for. Educating the public is how we need to address this issue.  Not one campaign, ongoing education capturing each generation until it becomes a norm not to use drugs.  I am against “safe shoot up rooms” rather give the pensioners who have paid taxes all their live free medication in their twilight years. 


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?

What an emotive issue.  I feel I cannot answer this question as I have not walked a mile in the mothers’ shoes who feel this is their only option.  This would be a conscious vote.  However, on a personal level I oppose late abortions with exceptions as noted above.


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?



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

Difficult question.  Personal view is as follows:

Our young children are at school to learn and expand their knowledge, they have an open mind and will take on board what an adult says.  My concerns are the wrong message may trigger wrong responses adding confusion for the child.  If this program was directed to an older group mid-teens and be open to those who feel a need for the 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?

We do have a gaming policy, we feel it is a personal choice to use gaming machines.  Having said that we don’t want to ban them.  Rather we would like to work with the addicted people to help with their mental health issues that cause addiction.  If the gaming machines are removed the addicted person is still addicted and will turn to on line gaming.  In this instance they will become more isolated and we cannot fix what is hidden.  Also, the money goes overseas.


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?

I feel the Nordic approach is fair and reasonable in short as a candidate I support it.


How would you like to be remembered as a politician?

I would like to be remembers as one who thought long term (25 years) into the future by planning for population growth.  Planning for energy requirements, alternatives, housing and food. Rather than making a big splash in four years.