Candidate for Braddon
Volunteer leader and veteran
Lives in Shearwater
I took an oath when I served my country 37 years ago. That oath and the Rifleman’s motto ‘Duty First’, have defined my values. I served in the ADF, started several successful small businesses, and worked as an inquiry agent for 30 years. That experience opened my eyes to how our state and country really work. It made me understand how important it is to have elected officials who are unafraid of speaking truth to power. It’s one of the things that makes Jacqui special and it’s a quality I want to emulate.
It would be a great joy to give back to the community of Braddon that has given me so much over the last two decades. Tasmanians deserve better roads, hospitals, schools, public transport, and service from those who are elected to serve them.
I firmly believe Tasmania should be the leader of the Australian states. We have the raw materials, the know-how and the ability to do this. We must work with conviction to build long term plans that will bring our dreams to life and combine that with a rigorous process of continuous assessment that will ensure we get those plans right and make them fit for purpose to serve all Tasmanians now and into the future. We did this once before with our Hydro Scheme. We can do it again by not concerning ourselves with petty partisan politics.
If politicians actually set aside partisan issues and grappled with the issues they can improve for all Tasmanians then our state would be in a much stronger position. I had the pleasure of doing this in 2010 to 2012 while serving on the Tasmanian Veterans Advisory Council. I have spent time volunteering for a number of community organisations in leadership positions. I’ve always focussed on outcomes, not politics. If elected I will fight every day to bring those who can make change for the better to the table to robustly discuss and achieve a positive outcome through commonsense and consensus.
A word from Jacqui about James
James impressed me from the first time I met him. His qualities as a leader were immediately apparent and his gentle well thought out manner stuck with me. He has been an active member of the Braddon community for 17 years, running small businesses and volunteering a huge amount of his time for various community and veteran groups.
We would be very lucky to have James representing us in State Parliament. As he’s said, he will fight for a long-term vision of Tasmania that isn’t reactive to partisan politics, but is instead based on what’s best for our great state.