Please tell us a little about yourself – your upbringing, family, interests etc.
Born in Rotterdam, grew up on north west coast dairy farms, married to Tosca, 5 children, 3 grandchildren. Interests include home renovations, bushwak=lking, scuba diving, boating. Career police officer retiring at the rank of Commander (Counter-Terrorism), then 6 years as the Legislative Council member for Rumney.
What are the top two priorities that you want to achieve for your electorate?
The role of the Upper House is to keep a check on executive government, it is the role of the lower house to propose policy and programs.
Euthanasia has been rejected by Tasmanian parliaments in 2009, 2013 and 2017.
Would you oppose or support any future attempts to legalise euthanasia in Tasmania?
Yes, with appropriate safeguards to prevent ‘convenience killings’. It already occurs with palliative use of morphine. Safeguards include a ‘will type arrangement where one decides before the age of 70, the circumstances under which active euthanasia could occur.
Drugs continue to wreak havoc in our community. Some are suggesting the decriminalisation of small volume use and possession of illicit drugs.
Indeed – prohibition has failed. Supply side measures for any addiction are doomed to failure and simply fuel organised crime. Harm reduction is best achieved through education – it’s a long haul, but as with tobacco it is eventually reverses the trend.
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.
I do not support abortion after 13 weeks. In fact I amended the current law to allow Christian counsellors to continue to assist pregnant mothers.
Would you support or oppose an amendment to legislation to repeal the provision of late term abortions (post 24 week when a baby can survive outside the womb) except when a mother’s life is in danger?
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 educational programmes that teach contested gender theory (like the so called Safe Schools Programme)?
No in primary schools, yes in high schools.
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.
Would you support legislating for $1 bet limits (down from the current $5 bet limit)?
No. Problem gambling is an addiction and restrictions of this kind simply drive it to other forms of gambling. We need to tackle the demand side, not the supply side. I suggest licensing gamblers, so performance can be monitored. Imaging a situation where the gambler inserts his card into a machine, enters their pin number and is then confronted with a statement of their losses and asked whether they wish to proceed.
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?
No. It is a lovely theory, but a visit to Nordic countries will see they have a lively prostitution industry where the authorities are aware of just how unenforceable these rules are. Remember that we live in a fallen world!
How would you like to be remembered as a politician?
A straight shooter who called it as he saw it, recognising that the world isn’t a perfect place, that I don’t have all the answers and that I shouldn’t be imposing non-victimless morality on people who don’t share my faith. I hope when Muslims become a majority, they don’t impose theirs on me.