Finch sees himself as a community representative in Tasmania’s Upper
House rather than as a party politician. He has no party affiliations
and is an independent member of the Legislative Council.
“My allegiance is firstly to my electorate and Tasmania, and secondly
to my colleagues in the Legislative Council, who have a wide range of
“Our role is to keep a close eye on the State Government, carefully
scrutinizing every Bill that comes to us from the Lower House,” Kerry
( You can find more about the Legislative Council by going to http://www.parliament.tas.gov.au/lc/lc1.htm )
The Legislative Council can also initiate legislation of its own and it
has an important role in parliamentary committees.
“But my main role is to bring issues and concerns in Rosevears to the
attention of the Legislative Council and thus the State Government.
“For example I make sure that the issues of roads and road safety on
the West Tamar are always before the Minister.
“I am particularly involved in being a link between the Launceston and
especially the West Tamar Council and government.”
Finch says he keeps an open mind about all State Government
legislation, listening to the people of Rosevears and consulting widely
before Bills are debated in the Upper House.
“I want to hear from everybody, particularly my fellow members before I decide whether to support a Bill.
you lock yourself into a view early in the process, you can’t take new
views on board and your mind becomes closed. I want to keep listening
until the very moment the division bell rings.”