No excuses, no pussy-footing around, it's time to get things done.
That's my motto. Being a politician shouldn't be a game. We're either actively trying to make things better for everyone in this great country, or we're not doing our bloody job.
I fight every day, by listening, learning and working hard, to get wins on the board for the Tasmanians and Australians who need a win the most.
Top 6 things that make me proud
Secured record funding for schools
I used the balance of power in 2017 to secure an additional $700 million in funding for Tasmanian schools, including a $20 million package of funding for literacy and numeracy programs in Tasmania only.
Forced the Government to increase salaries of ADF serving members
I used the balance of power to campaign in and outside the Senate between November 2014 to March 2015, until the Abbott Government finally agreed to offer our diggers a better pay increase.
Wiped all of Tasmania’s debt owed for building low-income housing
I managed to secure over $200 million in debt relief for Tasmanians, which ensured nearly twice as much money going to homelessness and public housing.
Stood up against the big banks by ending the rorts that allowed financial advisers to rip off clients
I used the balance of power to be the single vote that ensured that financial advisers would always be required to put their client’s best interests over their own self-interest. That meant no more shady deals under the table, where your planner is being paid by a bank to push a product, and you’re paying them to sell it to you at the same time.
Established an independent inquiry into veterans suicide, which led to a $350 million expansion of support services
I designed the framework for an inquiry into the treatment of veterans by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, persuaded the Senate to support it, pushed recommendations for the Government to respond to and finally won one of the single largest investments in veterans support services in Australia’s history.
Secured $8 billion in renewable investments
I was one of three votes that blocked the Abbott Government’s efforts to scrap the Clean Energy Finance Corporation in 2014 , which would have devastated our alternative energy industry. Since that vote, the CEFC has committed a further $7.9 billion investment in renewable technology. These investments are delivering lower energy and operating costs for businesses, lower heating, cooling and lighting bills for households and even creating renewable energy from waste, reducing emissions and turning a profit for the budget and lowering costs for everybody else.