I'll continue to fight for the following and much more, on your behalf:
I'm sure many things on this list are also frustrating you!
They may not like it but, let’s face it, someone needs to put people before politics.
As an elected Member for Clark, I’ve heard the government make a lot of announcements, yet the issues that many people are upset about are still not being properly addressed. I've proven I'm prepared to call out the issues that matter and I will continue to do so as you Independent Member for Clark.
I will keep challenging the government to make sure these issues and more are a priority.
Appropriate resources must be allocated to enable our health system to cope with the demands of our ageing population, but our
Government must also invest more in prevention and early intervention to reduce the incidence of chronic disease and the corresponding burden on our health system.
We must have programs to increase literacy and numeracy. It's unacceptable that over 50% of Tasmanians can’t read and write.
As well, we need better access to lifelong learning opportunities – bring back night school and increase on the job training
We call Australia the ‘lucky country’ yet more than one-third of Tasmanians live below the poverty line.
It’s time we worked together as Government, business, and community organisations to identify and address the root cause of generational poverty and help people to escape the poverty cycle.
The cost of housing is creating huge stress for many home buyers and renters, more so for people on low incomes, families and the elderly. People need certainty they will have a safe, secure and affordable place to live.
I am committed to building homes that are affordable today and for the future for our families.
We also need more emergency accommodation that meets people’s different needs and we need more fit for purpose social housing.
Looking after people in our community is very important to me, whether they’re old, young, or somewhere in between. Mental ill-health, alcohol, and drug use affect us all, either directly or through someone we know and care for.
I have been a loud and strong advocate for the development of purpose-built facilities to ensure people can access timely support that helps them to manage or recover from mental health, alcohol, and drug issues. I am committed to making sure families and friends get appropriate help and support too.
Jailing is failing and we must do better! Almost half of the people exiting Tasmania’s prison system re-offend and our prisons cost taxpayers $86.4million per year!
What if we created a Centre of Excellence in Rehabilitation? A centre focussed on addressing the causes of reoffending and offering appropriate, well-funded treatment, training in employable skills, and assistance to return to families and society. This would surely result in a safer, more productive Tasmania.
After all, people released from prison could be your new neighbour
Traffic congestion in greater Hobart is a massive issue. I have been calling this out since I was Lord Mayor. The time for talk is over. No more of your taxpayer money should be wasted on feasibility studies.
I will hold the Government to account to deliver the long talked about solutions to fix the traffic issues that put people’s lives on hold every day!
The 'group think' that exists within our political parties stifles creative thinking and results in bad decisions on laws and policies, which affect us all.
Tangible actions to address climate change and environmental concerns – not just targets and plans
Technology and other changes to the way we work mean there are opportunities for different jobs in our existing industries as well as more jobs in newer industries. Not only do I want new jobs created, but I will also focus on helping people retrain so they have the skills and confidence to be successful in these industries.
It’s no secret that I’m a big supporter of small and micro businesses and will continue to encourage growth in this area. I also commit to working with big industries to develop consistent entry paths for those people wanting on-the-job learning.
More jobs in Tasmania means we will recover and grow our economy, which of course creates more jobs. Jobs mean not only financial security, but also provide networks and create a sense of worth, self-confidence and pride, and dignity in being a positive role model and providing for the family.