My drive to enter politics began when as a parent I became aware of how we (society, government, media and parents) have failed to address the effect of technology and social media on our children.
I believe this failure is currently creating a timebomb of monstrous proportions, and the longer we delay aggressively addressing the effect of technology on our children, the more critical and long-term the damage to our children will be. Damage to our children's happiness, mental health, sexual development, relationships, and quality of life.
Our children are currently being expected to deal with online issues many adults themselves are unable to cope with. Extensive trolling (often anonymous), bullying, screen addiction, unrealistic portrayals of the human physique, ludicrous (and often inaccurate) expectations, astroturfing, and the blurring of reality and fantasy.
Our children are trying to negotiate an online world where there is little to no moral compass, no acceptable standards of behaviour, and often no truth.
It is a world no other generation has needed to navigate, and we are sending our children into this world on their own without the right tools because quite simply, there IS NO TOOL POSSIBLE that will ever give a child the emotional, rational, logical, or judgemental capabilities of an adult.
It doesn't matter WHICH party you prefer, we universally love our children. As politics becomes increasingly divisive and polarising, more than ever we need politicians who are prepared to put personal and party differences aside and pull together for the benefit of the next generation by directly focusing on this critical issue.
State MPs formulate policy and create legislation, so character and values matter. This is a little of what I believe, however if you would like to know more or discuss, please feel free to call, email, message or text.
....education should be the Great Equaliser. No matter the circumstances of a child’s birth and to whom, a quality education should provide a child with an opportunity to chart an independent path of their own choosing.
.....our connection to the environment, to each other and to our community is critical to our happiness and well-being.
....children who have been abused do not magically recover once the source or circumstance of the abuse is removed. I believe in trauma recovery services for abused children, and the earlier the intervention the less misery for the child and expense for the state.
....being over-governed dis-empowers a population, and creates a culture of victim-hood and fear
coupled with entitlement.
....in being accountable. If you make a mistake, own it - then do what you can to fix it. Perfection is not
expected, but honestly accounting for your actions and accepting the consequences is.
.....each of us has an obligation to speak and act for those who have no voice. Children, animals, the aged, and the disempowered.
....the role of MP is one of service, not of power. Working civilly and productively with other elected
representatives - irrespective of party or personality - for the common benefit of those who elected
you is a non-negotiable requirement of the position.
....the Australian sense of humour is a part of our cultural identity, and it should be protected and fought for.
I believe positive outcomes in government are best achieved though this process;
* starting with the right intent and an identifiable goal
* planning, including consultation
* risk/reward assessments,
* assessing results
* revising, refining & repeating.
For governments to produce effective outcomes, it requires sheer, ugly, unglamourous hard work. Spin, sound-bites or announcements may cater to the 24 hour news cycle, but in the end, it is only results for the public that should count.
I believe it is a PRO-ACTIVE approach BY a government (rather than REACTIVE response FROM a government) that leads to a greater number of beneficial and positive outcomes.
The Queensland Government is the largest service-based business in the state.
Currently, this Queensland "Business of Government" is close to bankruptcy and failing in nearly every Department.
It is my belief that MPs who come from union backgrounds do not have the requisite financial and management skills to run a business effectively, and this is being reflected in outcomes for consumers.
After a meeting working towards a Rural Fire Service for Mt Cotton.
From L-R, Mark Robinson MP for Oodgeroo, Bev Walters, Kirrily Boulton, Henry Pike.