Rachel Sanderson MP

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

I first moved into Prospect with my family in 1983. I continue to live and work in the area now some 35 years later.  I enjoy being a part of the local community and I am involved with many local groups. 

My decision to stand for State Parliament was made from sheer frustration at seeing the state I love going backwards. I chose to be an advocate on behalf of my community.

I was angry at the Labor government’s financial mismanagement of our state, our debt levels and their inability to prioritise what was important spending for our community and our state.

Too many university graduates and school leavers were heading interstate and overseas as there were very few opportunities in SA.

Too many small businesses were failing due to red tape, over regulation and the high costs of doing business in SA.  I am very serious about ensuring business conditions in SA are competitive with other states and that job opportunities exist for our young people.

Since becoming the State Member for Adelaide in 2010, I have worked assiduously to advocate for a better deal for my community. I have supported many residents against inappropriate and ill-conceived high-rise developments and multiple planning issues.  I secured federal funding for more CCTV cameras in North Adelaide and fought against the destruction of Rymill Park due to the O’Bahn tunnel. 

 

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

  • That my community is properly consulted, respected and listened to regarding decisions affecting them and their families
  • Reduce cost of living, increase job opportunities and reduce red tape

 

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?

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?

This is a complex area of law. As a Member of Parliament, it is my role to represent my constituents in parliament. This is why I have been constantly surveying my electorate in person, over the phone, by mail and online since I was elected and constantly tracking contentious topics. It is also critical in my role as a legislator that I actively engage in legislation before the parliament to ensure that even if I intend to oppose the legislation, if it is the will of my electorate, that the legislation is the best it can possibly be when it leaves the chamber. Regarding the most recent Bill, over 1000 people completed my survey which led to me submitting 6 amendments which put in more safe guards.

 

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

This is a complex area of law. As a Member of Parliament, it is my role to represent my constituents in parliament. This is why I have been constantly surveying my electorate in person, over the phone, by mail and online since I was elected and constantly tracking contentious topics. It is also critical in my role as a legislator that I actively engage in legislation before the parliament to ensure that even if I intend to oppose the legislation, if it is the will of my electorate, that the legislation is the best it can possibly be when it leaves the chamber. At the time of the last vote 80% of people that had made their thoughts known in the Adelaide Electorate were in favour of legalisation.

 

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?

A Marshall Liberal Government will not be introducing legislation on this issue.

 

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?

A Marshall Liberal Government has no plans to introduce legislation on this issue.

 

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.

  1. Do you support legislating for $1 bets?
  2. 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?

As a great leader who always worked hard for the community and always maintained her integrity.