Candidate for the Public Education Party at the NSW Election
- Born in Griffith and attended Griffith Public School and Griffith High School, of which I was School Captain in 1959.
- Represented Griffith/NSW as a finalist in the Australian Swimming Championships in backstroke in 1961 & 1962. I am an “Original Griffith Blacks” Rugby player.
- Won a Silver Medal at the 2009 World Masters Games in Sydney (50m Breaststroke).
Career In Education:
- Teaching qualifications: BA, English and History (Sydney Uni.), Dip. PE (Sydney TC).
- Teacher at JJ Cahill MHS, 1967-68; Granville South HS, 1970; Castle Hill HS, 1971; NSW Health Education Secondary Adviser, 1972-76; Head Teacher, PE Tamworth HS, 1977-81 HT PE/H Bomaderry HS, English/History Teacher Griffith HS, 1987-91; PDHPE Head Teacher Springwood HS, 1992-1993 NSWDET Senior Curriculum Adviser PDHPE, 1992-93 Griffith District Office Professional Development/Curriculum Manager.
- Principal of Ardlethan Central School 1994-2005.
- President of the NSW Teachers Federation PE Teachers’ Association.
- President of Tamworth Pirates RFC, Shoalhaven Water Polo Club and Ardlethan Sports Council.
- Coached Griffith Swimming Club 1960-64
- Yenda Rotary Club Member 2007-2023; President Yenda Rotary Club, Rotary Paul Harrison Fellowship.
- Elected Central Schools representative on the Executive of the NSW Secondary Principals’ Council 1999-2004.
Commitment to Public Education:
I have been a passionate advocate for Public Education, Public Schools and Public School kids all of my life. I have written many letters on public education to the SMH and other local newspapers and have been frequently interviewed by ABC radio and local radio as an outspoken public education advocate. I have been advocating for over twenty years for Public Education candidates to stand for election at Federal and State elections.
My goal as a Public Education Party Member of Parliament is to advocate for proper management and funding for public schools in NSW and across Australia. I am a fearless critic of political actions by educational management, politicians and lobbyists for private education funding at all levels. I’m the person who stands up at meetings and calls out people who want to make ludicrous, unethical and anti-public education statements. For the past five years I have been an outspoken critic of Adrian Piccoli’s unwarranted, unjustified, totally disastrous, forced merger of Griffith HS and Wade HS.
I seek the votes of Murray electors to support my quest to ensure that public schools receive fair funding and qualified teachers and specialists in every public school classroom and public school.