As a proud Tasmanian, Daniel believes in creating a strong economic future for young Tasmanians, to ensure they can remain in Tasmania and raise a family while enjoying the best that the state has to offer. He is excited about the economic opportunities that are presented by Tasmania’s unique brand and natural advantages.
Like all parents, Daniel wants his children to have the best opportunities in life. As the parent of a child with disability, Daniel understands first-hand the difficulties that many parents face when trying to access the support that they need to care for their children and the need for fully funding the NDIS.
Daniel has represented Tasmanians in both state and local government, as a Labor member for Franklin and an alderman on the Clarence City Council. During his time in Parliament, he was an outspoken advocate for defending jobs in Tasmania’s sustainable resource-based industries such as mining, forestry, aquaculture and agriculture. As an alderman, he successfully advocated for the Council to produce and start implementing its five-year economic development plan.
As a Labor Party member for most of his adult life, Daniel strongly believes that the benefits of economic development must be invested back into our community through social housing, healthcare, education from early childhood through to adult learning, disability care and aged care systems that are well-funded and accessible to all.
For the past eleven years, Daniel has worked as chief of staff to Labor Senator Catryna Bilyk, to whom he has provided advice to achieve a range of outcomes. He was the Senator’s key advisor as she worked to save Tasmania’s peak palliative care body from closure, lobbied successfully to dramatically increase Australian Government investment in brain cancer research and campaigned for the harmonisation of charity fundraising law.
Daniel lives in Howrah with his wife, Chrystal, and sons, Elliott and Alistair, and is an active member of his local community through active participation in many community and service groups.