About the Member for Pembroke

  “Image from Round the River Run 2012 courtesy of Clive Roper Photography”

I was elected as the Liberal Member for Pembroke in August 2009, and appointed as the Attorney-General, Minister for Justice, Minister for Corrections, Minister for the Arts and Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council, following the State Election in March 2014.

I have a PhD in Law from the University of Tasmania, a Master of Philosophy (Criminology) from the University of Cambridge, and a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Tasmania.

Prior to my election to the Legislative Council, I worked in the Department of Police and Emergency Management for over 11 years, with responsibility for conducting research, managing crime prevention projects and developing policy advice. My past research has also included burglary and repeat victimisation, and intergenerational crime.

As a fitness enthusiast, I enjoy cycling and running.  I have previously participated in the Diabetes Tasmania Cycle Sri Lanka Challenge and I regularly participate in the PolliePedal. 

I also enjoy bushwalking and have walked the Kokoda Track and climbed Federation Peak.

I have a strong interest in sentencing and corrections reform.  As the Attorney-General and Minister for Corrections, my background in law and criminology gives me a solid foundation in these policy areas.

I also have a long-term interest in the Arts, particularly in theatre and music. As the Minister for the Arts, I regularly engage with stakeholders across the cultural and creative sector, which I see as one of Tasmania’s competitive strengths.  There is an abundance of opportunity to create jobs and build further on what is a dynamic and exciting part of our State.


(Image: Round the River Run 2012 courtesy of Clive Roper Photography)

Portfolio Responsibilities

Tasmanian Liberals

Minister for Justice
Minister for Corrections
Minister for the Arts
Leader of Government in the Legislative Council

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