Candidate for Rosevears
I was born and went to school in Launceston. I then went to the University of Tasmania’s Hobart campus and gained a degree in politics and philosophy.
My first job after uni was working for Senator John Watson. I then worked for almost four years as speech-writer and researcher for the Governor of Tasmania, General Sir Phillip Bennett.
From 1993-1996 I was Secretary to the Government of Norfolk Island. Norfolk Island is a self-governing Australian Territory in the Pacific Ocean with strong historical links to Tasmania (for example, New Norfolk and Norfolk Plains).
I briefly worked in the Commonwealth Public Service and then joined the staff of the Federal Regional Development, Territories and Local Government Minister.
From 2001 to 2007 I was Private Secretary to three Presidents of the Senate. I worked for Liberal Leader Will Hodgman from 2007 to 2010 as a Senior Adviser and then Chief of Staff.
I set up the office of Wyatt Roy, the youngest person ever elected to the Australian Parliament, in 2010 and then from 2011 until earlier this year, was a Senior Adviser to Victorian Premiers Ted Baillieu and Denis Napthine.
Passionate about Tasmania and, like many, realising the great advantages of living here when I have been working away, I have returned to my home town to work and to campaign as the endorsed Liberal candidate for the seat of Rosevears.
I am very concerned about the lack of job opportunities for young Tasmanians, about our low retention rate for grades 10, 11 and 12 and about the decline in opportunities for people to develop their skills or re-train. I am convinced that a large contributor to Tasmania’s economic slump is the current Labor-Green government. What Tasmania desperately needs is a strong majority government.