Lawyer and human rights advocate, Richard Griggs, today formally announced his candidacy as an Independent for the Legislative Council Seat of Nelson.
“I’m standing to be the next Independent Member for Nelson because if we lose this seat to the political parties we all lose out in the long run,” Mr Griggs said.
“Independents in the Upper House can protect the community by weeding out the bad ideas that can come from political parties.
“For example, the State Government’s policy to water down gun ownership laws was way out of touch with community sentiment but could have been pushed into law quickly had it not been for the Independent Upper House.
Independent Members can also propose solutions to problems their electorate faces. Mr Griggs hit the campaign trail running by detailing his proposal for a three way joint venture between the State Government, Hobart City Council and Kingborough City Council to trial free Metro bus travel between Kingston and Hobart CBD in morning and afternoon peak hour.
Mr Griggs released correspondence he has written to the Infrastructure Minister, Hobart Lord Mayor and Kingborough Mayor urging consideration of his transport solution (attached).
“Voters recently installed two ‘can do’ leaders in Anna Reynolds and Dean Winter and the timing is perfect for the State Government to partner with their two councils to trial free peak hour buses on the Southern Outlet, Channel Highway and Sandy Bay Road to combat congestion. Kingborough is the fastest growing area of Tasmania and investment in its transport infrastructure has not kept up.
“Previous short term trials have led to a 14% increase in patronage so the prospects for a longer term trial are an exciting opportunity to cut congestion to and from the Hobart CBD.
“The State Government are investigating adding a fifth land to the Southern Outlet and establishing clear-ways on selected streets in the Hobart CBD. These strategies will cater for existing traffic but will do nothing to actually reduce reliance on car travel or deal with congestion in a proactive way.
“Innovative solutions are needed and we have the perfect opportunity between now and when a decision is made on the fifth lane to trial free buses and gather some detailed data on what difference it makes to congestion”, Mr Griggs concluded.
Richard Griggs background
36 years old
Lived or worked in the Nelson electorate for 32 years
Works in Sandy Bay as an in-house lawyer for the University of Tasmania
Married with two young children
Previous employment – policy officer Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries and Water (3 years); senior policy officer Office of the Tasmanian Economic Regulator (2 years); senior advisor in two State and Territory Parliaments (4 years)
Volunteer roles – current Tasmanian Director of Civil Liberties Australia (5 years). Previous board member of the Hobart Community Legal Service
Initiator of the Tasmanian Human Rights Act Campaign
Graduated from Hutchins School (2000) and University of Tasmania (2005)
Admitted as a barrister and solicitor (2006)
Independent – not a member of any political party
Legislative Council Seat of Nelson
Election day is 4 May 2019. Map of Electorate of Nelson
Authorised by Nick Griggs – 6 Chesham Place, Sandy Bay