1. Who you are and what do you do? I am proud to represent my local community as a member of parliament, having done this for the past 10 years at Federal and State levels. I am also a Minister in the Palaszczuk Government.
2. What does Respect mean to you? To me, respect is about treating everyone equally. Respect is about how you want to be treated and how you should treat others. Accepting different views. Everybody can have an opinion, it is about how you respect the right for people to have differing views. As a politician I know people can be offensive, but to me, to be a good advocate is to be able to make your point without being rude, without being insulting. It is about tolerance, acceptance, kindness, patience – that is RESPECT.
3. When you have experienced respect or what you hope for our communities? Fortunately respect is all around us, sometimes it is just hidden. It comes out on important occasions such as ANZAC Day, but it is also the smallest of events, a simply gesture of goodwill and a lovely sign of respect in return. What I hope for our communities is that we lead by example. Our children will not show respect, if we ourselves, do not practice it. We should not assume that social media is an escape from the need for respect. Respect should be everywhere, all the time.