Member for Lyons
Brian lives, works and is raising his family in Lyons.
A married father of two daughters, he is personally committed to ensuring young people in Tasmania have the tools to participate in a global economy and 21st century society.
Brian's core focus is improving fairness and creating quality jobs and careers in Tasmania, including in agriculture, retail, education, finance, IT, aged care, health services, hospitality and tourism.
Critically, that means more investment in education, ensuring it remains affordable, improving vocational education and training and achieving higher retention rates for years 11 and 12. Brian is a passionate advocate for Labor's Your Child. Our Future plan.
Brian wholeheartedly supports Medicare and our public health system, and believes we must protect and improve it.
Brian’s late mum was a school and hospital cleaner who taught Brian the importance of standing up to bullies and of sticking up for the vulnerable. His late dad, a sailor, factory hand, restaurant manager, nurse and truckie, introduced Brian to Labor politics by taking him on election days to volunteer from the age of 12.
Labor is in Brian's blood: Labor always has been, and still is, the best voice that working people have for improving fairness in society.
Brian wants to narrow the growing gap between rich and poor. He is determined to ensure we remain an egalitarian society.
Brian believes Australia is a great country because it has been built on the sacrifices of working people determined to forge a better future.
But as the gap grows between the super-rich and the rest of us, as multinationals and CEOs and their cheer squads keep trying to reduce wages and conditions, Brian says the "light on the hill" is something we must never lose sight of.