After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree, Chris worked in various jobs until beginning a career as a photo-journalist with various regional daily newspapers in Victoria and Queensland and currently works as a photo-journalist for Newsweekly magazine.
Chris understands the importance of family and has advocated for family-centred policies in his current role. Chris believes the major parties have abandoned families with policies that conspire against affordable housing, full employment, affordable and reliable electricity and skewing financial-assistance to only those families who place their children in paid childcare or mothers who return to paid work within six months of giving birth. Chris will work tirelessly to bring equal financial assistance to all families rather than the current system which penalises stay-at-home mums by over $10,000 compared to mothers who return to work.
Growing up on a small rural property with sheep and cattle, Chris understands the need to support farmers through government policies that do not favour imported food imports over local produce and the need for farmers to get a fair price for their produce and have access to adequate volumes of affordable water supplies.
Chris will push for new dams to be built to drought-proof Victoria and irrigate dry land, allowing us to become the food bowl of the Asia-Pacific thereby restoring our agricultural production and creating much needed jobs in the regions.
Chris sees the necessity to develop regional and rural Victoria through policies that encourage manufacturing, business, industry and agriculture, bringing jobs to the regions and arresting the emptying of regional and rural Victoria into Melbourne which is both crippling rural Victoria and leading to stifling congestion in Melbourne.