For 15 years I have worked as an alpaca shearer, with contracts across four states of Australia and in 8 other countries. This has provided me with fantastic opportunities to experience both the diversity and commonalities of many people and cultures.
I started my working life in Sydney, but have called the Illawarra home for more than a decade.
I am now studying psychology through Charles Sturt University in preparation for a career change, hopefully in personal counselling. I have a special interest in providing frontline mental healthcare, as it is underfunded and hard to access in our community. Robust mental health care programs improve lives and reduce crime. We need to treat drug and alcohol abuse as a medical issue and not as a matter for the police and the courts. The gambling industry promotes addiction, unravels our community, and must be reformed.
Every one of us deserves a place to call home. If elected to represent Shellharbour, I would work to introduce policies that provide housing and rental security, and affordability. We also need to rebuild the funding models for education and healthcare, which should be freely available to everyone in Australia -- migrant, resident, or citizen. Let's spend taxpayer money on health and education, not on cuts to Medicare or propping up ailing coal and gas companies.
Our policy is to improve social justice and the environment hand in hand, to create a fair and sustainable world. I’m proud to be involved in a party that engages our whole community, a party with policies that stretch further than just the next political term. I look forward to promoting these through the campaign for Shellharbour.
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