I was born in Newcastle, NSW and spent my early childhood on the southern shores of lake Macquarie; the second eldest of seven.
I have worked in the private and public sectors, as well as being a small business owner. The greatest satisfaction in my working life was in being employed on contract for a national program involved in identifying and quantifying problems in Indigenous housing. This work took me across the Top End and into remote communities from Elcho Island to Daly River.
Currently retired, my passions are in researching and writing about Cold War history (I am the author of "Lee Harvey Oswald's Cold War"), music and sport.
This party knows that technology is the driver of the future. We have to ensure it is harnessed for the greater good, not the enrichment of the few.
I also share my colleagues' interest in human rights, social justice and parliamentary reform, among other issues. I want to contribute to bringing ethics and public benefit back into a polity that has been imploding for at least a decade under the burden of self interest and lobbyists.