This is a critical election, especially for the Legislative Council. With new parties like Australian Conservatives and SA Best looking to have an tangible outcome on this election, it is imperative that we consider the position of each candidate on key issues which will affect the well being of our state for years to come.

To help you become informed we’ve asked each candidate some important questions.

Some parties have chosen to answer some of the questions as a party policy statement (blue text). Answers in red are what the party has allowed candidates to answer personally.

If you want to know more about their personal views you can contact the candidate directly using the email provided.

We have received answers from candidates in the following seats so far

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

I grew up in the small South-East community of Wolseley and as a young adult, took over the family farm which had diversified into growing bulbs for the cut flower industry, becoming the biggest gladioli supplier in the Southern Hemisphere.

As I learnt about growing and running a successful business, politics was also on my mind. I joined the Liberal Party and was elected to the State’s Upper House – the Legislative Council – in 2002. I am now Opposition Leader in the Legislative Council.

I am fortunate to hold shadow portfolios which I am genuinely interested in and passionate about – Agriculture, Primary industries and Tourism. I have also relished experience in other portfolios such as Environment, River Murray, Transport, Infrastructure and Small Business.

Outside Parliament, I enjoy exploring the State, meeting and listening to locals anywhere from the South-East to the Boarfield and Oodnadatta Tracks. My electorate covers the entire State and I am excited to meet with anyone who has a story to tell about South Australia.

My wife Meredith and I have three children – Ashleigh, Tara and Louis – and we live in Adelaide.

 

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

Mine, and the Marshall Liberal Team’s, top two priorities for the State are growing both the economy, and the population.

 

No one wants to see any child bullied at school for any reason. But recent anti-bullying program 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?

I would vote against the Nordic Model Bill in the next parliament. I have previously voted in favour of legislating for the legalisation of prostitution as defined in my colleague Michelle Lensink’ bill.

 

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

I am personally opposed to legalising euthanasia, unless there is a particularly strong argument in favour.

 

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?

I personally am pro-choice, I don’t believe men should have a say in what women do with their body. But if current medical studies can prove that a baby can be born alive at 24 weeks, I would be in favour of reviewing current legislation, and changing it if need be.

 

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?

I am currently undecided on the 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. Do you support legislating for $1 bets? B. 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?

I want to be remembered as an MLC who was passionate about South Australia. My goal is to see this state succeed, to finally be able to pull our own weight on a federal level. A key to that is a strong economy, and a plan to combat the exodus of young people. Two areas I am extremely passionate about.

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

My name is Robert Brokenshire. I am a farmer, husband, father of three grown children and grandfather of five. I have been involved in the South Australian Parliament since 1993. I was raised on a dairy farm and continue to be involved in this industry, farming at Mount Compass with my wife Mandy and son Nick.

 

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

I am dedicated to families and communities and committed to guarding the strong social values that South Australia was founded on. I am determined to see that South Australia is given every opportunity to flourish economically and that regional areas are given the recognition and support they deserve.

 

No one wants to see any child bullied at school for any reason. But recent anti-bullying program 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.

My colleague Dennis Hood and I were two of the first political voices raising concern about the Safe Schools program and we will continue to do so.

I do not support radical gender theology being taught in our schools. I certainly do not support SHINE SA providing the Safe Schools program in our schools and even more so I don’t support this teaching being at the cost of the taxpayer.

Before Parliament rose at the end of 2017, I filed an amendment to the Education and Children’s Services Bill which would have ensured the Safe Schools program, or any subsequent renamed program, could not form part of the mandatory curriculum and would require all parents to opt-in prior to their child’s attendance. The bill did not pass the Parliament but if re-elected, I will ensure that I file amendments regarding Safe Schools for any future bills. Parents need to be aware what their children are being taught and should give informed consent before their child attends lessons where social values and gender theology is taught.
Bullying is endemic in our society and unfortunately our school yards are filled students who have horrendous tales of bullying. I support a strategic anti-bullying approach in schools which targets anti-social and unacceptable behaviour. The Safe Schools program does not achieve this and I will continue to campaign for it to be abolished.

 

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?

I would support an independent inquiry into these matters.

 

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?

I support the Nordic Model and have actively campaigned for its introduction in South Australia.

I was a member of the Statutes Amendment (Decriminalisation of Sex Work) Bill Select Committee, which considered the most recent push to decriminalise prostitution in South Australia. In my dissenting statement, I noted that the Nordic Model provides a better solution than decriminalisation.

It was a privilege to serve on that Committee and to fight for the disadvantaged, marginalised and vulnerable people who frequently find themselves trapped in prostitution.

 

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

I adamantly oppose euthanasia and will not support it in any form.

 

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?

I support an inquiry into end-of-life treatment for South Australians with a view to determining how palliative care may be improved. People who find themselves in the unfortunate situation of needing to access palliative care should not be burdened
with an under-funded system. Australian Conservatives are committed to investment in palliative care resources as we believe that every person is entitled to access the best medical care they can during the last stages of illness no matter where they live
or their economic circumstances. Palliative care is extremely important and should be adequately resourced and Australian Conservatives are calling for a further $24.5 million investment to improve access to palliative care services. Our policy is also for
a properly funded collaboration between the palliative care industry, medical specialist and the SAHMRI in order to deliver a system of best practice palliative care initiatives that would make South Australia world experts and leaders in the field.

 

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 drug scourge is a blight and a danger to our society and we must take a hard-line approach to dealing with this issue. Harm minimisation does little to stamp out drug use and many would argue normalising drug use through these strategies leads to an
increase in people using. I will never support decriminalising small amounts of illicitm drugs for recreational use as use of any illicit drugs can lead to dependence.

 

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?

I am a strong right-to-life advocate and would willingly support a review of section 82A(8) of the Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935.

In the past, I have campaigned for ‘Jayden’s Law’ which would have allowed the parents of a still born child born between 16 weeks and 19 weeks to obtain a birth certificate. Under current law, a birth certificate can be obtained from 20 week gestation. Even a simple act as allowing a still born child a birth certificate brought significant opposition with some people raising concerns as to the ramifications this may have on abortion. Regardless of the parliamentary resistance to changing abortion laws, our medical advances would indicate that a review is timely.

 

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?

I absolutely support faith-based organisations’ right to restrict employment or enrolment to those who share their values or ethos. In fact, my Australian Conservatives’ colleague Dennis Hood and I have consistently led the charge against any attempt in State Parliament to prevent Christian schools, churches and other institutions from maintaining this right.

 

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. Do you support legislating for $1 bets? B. What other measures do you support to help at-risk South Australians and their families?

Australian Conservatives believes that the real focus of dealing with harm as a result of problem gambling should centre on all forms of gambling including online gambling platforms which are experiencing enormous growth. Clear evidence shows that online gambling is most harmful due to insufficient regulated protections and restrictions. Poker machines are experiencing a decline in market share but continue to be a significant revenue raiser for the government and present a negative social cost to society. All measures to deal with the serious issue of problem gambling should be supported.

 

How would you like to be remembered as a parliamentarian?

I would like to be remembered as a politician with strong conservative convictions who worked hard to protect traditional values, defend the family unit and preserve the Judeo-Christian heritage upon which our nation was founded.

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

I was raised in regional South Australia (Limestone Coast) where I attended school and worked after leaving school.  I returned to the region after living and working in Adelaide for many years. 

I am dedicated to improving the lives of people who don’t enjoy the same chances that many of us take for granted, through education, stronger family support and opening up opportunities for people to reach their potential.  I consider that a strong safety net as well as a robust economy are both essential to this goal, and protections for fair wages and safe conditions are also central.

I am a Christian mother and have been married to my husband for 25 years.  We have six children, who range in age from 22 to eight years old.

I was previously State Manager of the Australian Forest Products Association, and am passionate about the importance of regional areas to the South Australian economy.  As well as private sector roles in forestry and human resources, I have many years’ experience in government policy and service delivery.  I also understand first-hand the rewards and challenges of self-employment.  I have post-graduate qualification in management and business.

 

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

I am running for the Legislative Council, so my electorate is the whole State, but I have a particular commitment to the Limestone Coast, where I live.  I would like to see more support for start-up microbusinesses, as I consider self-employment has the potential to create independence and valuable self-reliance for people.  The internet-based economy means that location does not need to limit one’s ability to market to the country and the world.

My work in the forest industries showed me the potential of bioenergy in providing renewable, clean base-load power, and I would like to build on the work already started by the State Government in progressing bioenergy.

I would also like further early intervention for drug users and more parenting skills/life skills programs.

 

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.

Anti-bullying programs should teach respect for everyone and treating others as one would like to be treated.  These are the simple and essential tools that should be the foundation of any anti-bullying program.  For those of us who are Christians, we believe all people are made in the image of God, and are therefore worthy of dignity and fair treatment.  I strongly believe that biology determines whether we are male or female and it is destructive to teach that our feelings determine our gender.

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?

I am not familiar with the detail of these two policies so I cannot comment directly.  I refer to my remarks under Q3.

 

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?

Yes.  Legalising prostitution increases ‘demand’ which leads to further abuse of women.

 

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

I oppose legalisation of euthanasia.

 

According to Palliative Care SA about 6000 South Australians will die this year without adequate palliative care. Would you support:

A. Increased funding for palliative care in this State?

Yes

B. an inquiry into improving end of life treatment for South Australians and in particular into how palliative care may be improved?

Yes

 

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?

I would need to know more detail of proposed legislation, but I cannot see how such decriminalisation would improve the situations for people. 

 

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?

I agree that the law should keep up with medical advances.

 

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?

Yes.

 

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.

A.Do you support legislating for $1 bets? B. What other measures do you support to help at-risk South Australians and their families?

I am very familiar with the harm caused by problem gambling and support measures that reduce those harms and support the families affected.  I am not familiar enough with the proposed $1 bet suggestion to commit without more information.  Unfortunately, many community organisations now rely on the revenue raised from having poker machines in their facilities, and any changes need to look at how to transition such reliance to other income streams. 

 

How would you like to be remembered as a parliamentarian?

I would like to be remembered as a person of integrity who fought for people who are disadvantaged and helped to maintain a robust economy that strengthens the community.

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

I was raised on a fruit growing property in the Riverland, and am now married to a local 4th generation dryland cereal cropping and prime lamb production farmer.  We have properties in both the Riverland and on Kangaroo Island.

I was a Bank Manager, then studied to become and work as a Certified Practising Accountant, I then spent time working in Regional Economic Development, heading up the Riverland end of Regional Development Australia Murraylands and Riverland, working with business, industry and all 3 tiers of government.  I am currently the CEO of a 60 bed aged care facility, with 25 independent living options, employing over 100 staff.

I am also a mum with 3 children now aged 21, 18 and 16.

I enjoy spending time on the beautiful Murray River with my family.

 

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

I am concerned about the future, the future for our children and their children.  Society and the parliament seems to be straying from the values that have built this state.  I am concerned about the things that are underhandedly being pushed through the parliament in legislation. I believe Australian Conservatives values, principals and common sense based approach to policy and legislation is vital to repairing the shredded morals and values that we are currently seeing in society. If all politicians put proposed legislation through this lens, I do not believe society would be facing some of the issues it faces today.  If elected, will be supporting legislation and policies that align with values, principals and common sense to find a better way for South Australia.

As an Upper House Candidate, we should be representative of the whole of South Australia, not just an electorate. I believe Rural and regional South Australia is currently very underrepresented in the Upper House, with Australian Conservatives Robert Brokenshire currently the only Rural Farming MP in the Legislative Council. For the upcoming state election, the major parties have also failed to put rural candidates in likely winnable positions on their tickets.  Regional SA punches well above its weight economically and is a significant contributor to this states economy, the city also benefit from the country doing well. Rural SA plays a key role in getting this state back on track economically. If given the opportunity I want to work for the whole of South Australia, and see flourishing regions, that contribute to economic improvement across the whole of South Australia, not just be a city centric state.

 

Do you agree with state funding of the SHINE SA Safe Schools program which (along with the DECD mandatory:

  1. Supporting same sex attracted, Intersex and Gender Diverse Students Policy November 2016: and
  2. Transgender and Intersex Students Support Procedure November 2016;

now apply contested and scientifically unsound gender theory into all SA state schools without the need for parental consent?

Existing Australian Conservatives MP’s were some of the first political voices that raised concerns about the safe schools program. I do not support Shine SA providing the safe schools program in our schools, and even worse, we as taxpayers are footing the bill.

I certainly believe that parents should be aware of what their children are being taught, and that when it comes to social engineering, parental consent should be obtained. Curriculum should be readily available so parents can make an informed choice as to whether or not they want this taught to their child. The rights of parents to parent, should not be taken away by the government.

We actually need to be educating our children, on Science, Maths English in School Curriculum, not focussing on social engineering, where the current Government tries to bring in a new act that is going to teach Gender Fluidity and take away parents’ rights.  It’s up to parents to teach their children about such things if they desire.  It’s up to Government to ensure the best curriculum education, not social engineering education.

I support strategic anti –bullying programs that target anti-social and unacceptable behaviour, but do not believe that this is what the current Safe Schools program is all about.  If elected I will join existing Australian Conservatives MP’s to continue to campaign for the safe schools program to be abolished.

 

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?

Yes I would support an independent enquiry into these matter.

 

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?

Yes I support the Nordic Model, existing Australian Conservatives MP’s have been actively campaigning for the introduction of the Nordic Model in South Australia, and believe it provides a better solution than decriminalisation.

I am strongly against the decriminalisation of Prostitution.  I believe most families do not want a brothel next to their home.  They do not want Sex workers at Careers expo’s trying to convince their teenage student that this is what they should be doing as a part time job to earn money while they are studying, because that’s what could happen if it was decriminalised.  

 

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

I would not support Euthanasia. I believe that once government endorses the taking of an individual life - under any circumstances - it heads down a dangerous path. I believe best practice health care can look at a patient’s circumstances and provide the best support and comfort possible through palliative care.

Euthanasia laws send a message to people that they are expendable, it puts pressure on the elderly and sick who may feel like a burden to those caring for them. It opens up a way for people whose motives may not be pure to make end of life decisions on behalf of a relative who may not be able to speak for themselves.

Australian Conservatives  have also looked into this issue globally and do not want to go down the same path as countries that have embraced Euthanasia, as once they have gone down this road, the line to demarcate who should be protected and who should be allowed to die continually moves. In places like the Netherlands, for example, children can request euthanasia under certain circumstances. 

As Australians we would like to think that we would be different but did you know that the last bill regarding Euthanasia voted on in the South Australian parliament had very few safeguards and South Australians came very close to having a law that would allow a young person with depression to end their life and medical staff, whose role is to do no harm, would have been expected to assist them. Thankfully this bill was defeated.

 

According to Palliative Care SA about 6000 South Australians will die this year without adequate palliative care.

Would you support:

A. Increased funding for palliative care in this State?

Yes Absolutely, I currently work in the Aged Care Industry and I know that we need to do more when it comes to Nursing Care and Palliative Care, that’s why Australian Conservatives are committed to $24.4 million a year extra money to provide palliative care for country as well as city, I want to see equity and access to palliative care for all South Australians no matter where they live.

B. An inquiry into improving end of life treatment for South Australians and in particular into how palliative care may be improved?

Our policy is also for a properly funded collaboration between the palliative care industry, medical specialist and the SAHMRI in order to deliver a system of best practice palliative care initiatives that would make South Australia world experts and leaders in the field.

 

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? 

Crime statistics, medical rooms, hospitals, the community are all telling us that drugs are a significant issue in our society, a growing escalating issue.  I believe we should be taking a hard tough approach to dealing with this issue. Drugs are illegal the message should be loud and clear, I believe it is not okay and should not be tolerated.

I would definitely not support legislation to decriminalise even small amounts of any illicit drug for recreational use, as the use of any illicit drugs can lead to drug dependence.

We should be creating a culture that says ‘It’s not Okay” not just “make sure drugs have cleared your system before your drive” I think that message is totally wrong.  They are illegal!!  They seem to be missing that point in current taxpayer funded government advertising, I would definitely push to change that messaging.

 

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?

I support Australian Conservatives right to live position and would support a review of section 82A (8) of the Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935.

Australian Conservatives MP’s have campaigned for ‘Jayden’s Law’ which would have allowed the parents of a still born child born between 16 and 19 weeks the right to obtain a birth certificate.  A birth certificate can currently only be obtained from 20 weeks gestation.  This act brought significant opposition with some raising concerns about the ramification on abortion.  I believe that current medical advances indicate it is time for a review.  

 

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?

Yes I certainly do support the right to restrict employment or enrolment to those who share their values or ethos.   If an organisation is based around values or ethos I believe it is essential that they employ/enrol those with the same values, that’s what keeps an organisation what it is. 

 

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.

A. Do you support legislating for $1 bets? B. What other measures do you support to help at-risk South Australians and their families?

I support Australian Conservatives views that any focus on harm that occurs as a result of gambling should centre on all forms of gambling, including online gambling platforms which are rapidly growing.  Online gambling is insufficiently regulated, protected or restricted, with evidence now showing this form of gambling to be the most harmful.

We believe all measures to deal with the serious issue of problem gambling should be supported.

 

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 SA?

See question 5

 

How would you like to be remembered as a politician?

If successfully elected, I would like to be remembered as a politician that supported principled, values based and common sense policies and legislation that assisted in repairing the damage of our social fabric, and refocussing on families.  I also want to bring focus back to the long term economic sustainability of this state, not just short term election cycle gains, but really assisting and supporting South Australia to regain long term economic focus and prosperity, for the benefit of future generations.