Jacob has lived most of his life in the Mayo electorate. Growing up, he learned the importance of freedom by listening to the stories of his grandfather, who served in the Dutch underground resistance during WWII. After the war, his grandfather immigrated to Australia in search of opportunity free from government overreach.
As a child, Jacob was a victim of violence and abuse. He now advocates for survivors and volunteers in support groups to help people overcome their traumas. His experience influenced his belief that the powerful – including government – should not force their will on the vulnerable. He stands by the principle that decisions made by free individuals will always produce a better world than decisions imposed by force from above.
He completed a Bachelor of Economics degree at Flinders University. Jacob learned that he preferred the outdoors and physical work to a desk job, so he became a professional tree climber and started a tree and garden business, which has been serving his community for the past 30 years.
He lives by the principle that people should be left alone as long as they are not harming others. As Thomas Jefferson said, “I prefer dangerous freedom to peaceful slavery.”