Candidate for Franklin
General Manager at manufacturer
I have a background in farming and have been a small business owner since the age of 15. On the farm and in small business if you don’t do what you say you’re going to do, no one does it for you.
That experience underpins my belief in accountability. If I say I will do something, I'll get it done. I expect the same from my government and I believe they should be held to a higher standard as they have direct responsibility to care for the state of our economy, our communities and everything within them.
I am the EPC Lead (General Manager) for a Tasmanian business with offices in Southern Tasmania, throughout Australia and a number of countries in Asia. I lead a team of engineers and project management experts who design and build large machinery and facilities for clients around the country.
I hear from people every day about how difficult things have become. Quality of life has fallen off a cliff in recent years and I want to stand up for the people of Franklin and turn this around. I have spent a lot of my career working for large Australian and international businesses, so I know how big business and government bodies work - I know how to push through bureaucracy and get results.
Why I'm asking for your vote:
Cost of living
So many Tasmanians have worked hard to get ahead in life, whether it's fighting to get a good job, their own home or their own small business only to see their hard work coming undone because of terrible decision making by our government. Our hard-earned cash is ending up in huge profits for banks and large corporations. Others just can't get a leg up at all. This needs to stop.
97% of businesses in Tasmania are small businesses. Small business owners get the short end of the stick all the time. There is constant red tape, excessive taxes and closures when big businesses are supported to be able to stay open. It’s not surprising that so many don’t make it.
I see people in Franklin, who are in desperate need of housing asking for help every day. We shouldn’t be in this situation. There are ways to fix this issue, but our state government has been dragging its feet. Nobody in Tasmania should have to worry about having a roof over their heads.
Our road network is clogged up. In Franklin, we’re all wasting so much time sitting in traffic. It makes us late for work and cuts down time we get to spend with our families. Nothing is being done to ease the pressure. The experience I’ve gained from my career makes me confident that I’d be able to get things moving in the right direction.
A word from Jacqui about Conor
Conor has achieved a lot in his career. His current management role, where he leads a team of engineers and project managers, makes him a breath of fresh air in our state parliament. If there is one thing they’ve shown over the last few years, it’s that they couldn’t manage their way out of a box.
He’s a good bloke, who stands by his word. I’ve seen it for myself, when he says he’s going to do something, he does it. Doesn’t sound much like your standard politician, does he?