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Core Values – Everyone Counts

Work hard. Don’t sponge off anybody else. Take responsibility for your actions. Help others where you can. Those are the core values I learnt from my parents. They were hard-working people. When I was young my mother and father took multiple jobs to make ends meet. Mum was washing dishes and Dad was pumping petrol to supplement his day job…

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Community Integration and Universal Values

Politics, essentially, is about the expression of values. A large party like the Labor Party encompasses a number of different traditions, whereas smaller parties might draw on a single tradition, but whatever the case, we’re all driven by values. I was raised in a household where my mother had us quite young. She was nineteen when she had my brother…

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Local Vision

All levels of government get criticised for their short-term thinking, focusing on the here-and-now instead of the long-term, state governments being no exception. For me it’s a balance; in part I work to a grand vision for Victoria, but I weigh that against the short-term steps that are required to get us there. Melbourne is growing at over 100,000 people…

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Freedoms and Values

Recently, my sixteen-year-old son asked me whether I agree with everything that the Liberal Party stands for. I told him that I agree with all the values of the Liberal Party. That doesn’t mean that I instinctively agree with every single policy, especially as they are being debated. For me, political parties are groups of people who come together with…

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Decentralisation

I come from a 4th generation farming family in Birregurra in South Western Victoria; sheep and beef mainly. The farm suffered, as Dorothy Mackellar famously wrote, from droughts and flooding rains, along with fires and other calamities. It wasn’t an easy pathway, yet nevertheless, it was very satisfying. I always enjoyed the lifestyle of being out on the land and…