Please tell us a little about yourself – your upbringing, family, interests etc.
What are the top two priorities you want to achieve for your electorate?
The top 2 priorities for social policy are Health and Child Protection. We want a bi partisan approach to both of these portfolios . The best minds of all elected parties need to collaborate to plan a constructive plan for the future in both of these areas. Health must have some hard discussions about hospital numbers, locations and resources. The old way of doing business with one Party politicking with Health has shown to be a consistent failure, wasting millions of $, patient suffering and burn out for our medical staff. We must change the way we assess and plan to address this.
Rural Tasmanians have lost so much over the past decade and we must re address this. Rural/regional policy is attracting business back to those communities by proper promotion and protection of traditional activities camping, fishing, 4 wd , and hunting. Improving roads and local infrastructure for tourism. Promoting the farming agriculture sector,
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?
This is an ongoing debate. In theory a competent, lucid terminally ill person, suffering untreatable pain, should have the choice to determine the manner in which they spend their last hours. There would however must be stringent control over this process and also religious beliefs must be taken into account. Also Palliative care option must be fully explored and considered.
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?
SFFP will not support decriminalization of illegal drugs. We will push for increased funding for treatment and de toxification centres and also harsher penalties for convicted drug traffickers.
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?
Yes. Support an amendment to repeal the provision of late term abortions.
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 Faith Based organization should have the CHOICE of who they employ, engage.
Do you agree with state funding of education programs that teach contested gender theory (like the so called Safe Schools Programme?)
No we do not.
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 not agree to the current Labor /Green plan to remove poker machines. No Government sponsored program has ever been successful in compensating business or persons for removing an industry. SFFP is philosophically opposed to ANY plan for Govt using public funds to buy out a business.
Using $55M of public funds for this is an extravagant misdirection of public funds. It simply costs local employment and is not a true long term solution
SFFP believes that this measure will not be ultimately successful as many will use other forms of gaming , such as on line as simply as accessing their phones. It is of note that Labor still allows machines on the Spirit of Tasmania as well as casino This is illogical to us as targeting tourists to spend funds prior to entering the State does not support local business.
Previous governments have legalized poker machines and allowed them to be part of business plans for many rural and regional business.
The recent Forestry Re structure is a classic example of a failed program, The many people who deserved and were targeted recipients of these funds never received or received very little. Hundreds of thousands of $ was mis- directed.
This current policy targets small rural and regional business while protecting the major Gaming companies.
SFFP believes while legal, business and patrons should have the right to CHOOSE whether or not to have poker machines as part of their business or leisure activity. If Poker machines are to be made illegal it should be across the board to ALL parties and premises Statewide.
SFFP believes the way forward is ..
1. Increasing the funds received from the Gaming Taxes which are directed to Gaming addictive behaviour programs and agencies. Increasing resources, agencies.
2. Spending some of the claimed $55 m in a long term (10 yr + ) gaming awareness program , similar to the Anti smoking program. This can be inclusive of restrictions on electronic attractions on machines in a similar way cigarette packaging was removed. Educating people from these addictive behavior's is a long term solution, as the gaming market declines gradually, the business can adapt to the change.
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?
Yes. Human trafficking is still a world wide issue and the public in Tasmania would be naïve to think that Criminal elements are not active in that field here. The vulnerable in our community deserve all the protection that can be given.
How would you like to be remembered as a politician?
Honesty and Integrity. Two commodities that cant be bought or traded for.