Wyatt on the move

Hasluck MP Ken Wyatt.
Hasluck MP Ken Wyatt.

The Bunbury-born Liberal, who has held the seat since winning it from Labor’s Sharryn Jackson in 2010 with a 1.4 per cent swing, is a keen Swan Districts Football supporter and tries to make it to as many games as he can.

With the election campaign in full swing, Mr Wyatt said it could be tricky to find time to indulge in his regular hobbies and interests.

But he is determined to carve out a work-life balance and manages to squeeze them in between his appointments.

‘I like playing games on my iPad, listening to classical music and reading,’ Mr Wyatt said.

‘My wife Anna and I also enjoy dining out, particularly in Midland and Kalamunda.’

This year marks the couple’s second year of marriage.

Mr Wyatt, who celebrated his 61st birthday this month, said family was important.

‘We moved to South Perth to look after Anna’s mother,’ he said.

‘Her father passed away at the age of 60, so we wanted to be close to her mother.’

Mr Wyatt said his 18-hour day normally kicked off about 4.30am when he rises and catches up on all the news. Then it’s off to his electoral office at Forrestfield Forum by 6.30am to meet with constituents. He also visits aged-care facilities and door knocks.

The first indigenous person to be elected to Canberra’s lower house takes the long days in his stride.

‘By the time I get home and get to bed, it is about 11.30pm,’ he said.

‘But I think it is important to spend as much time as possible in the electorate’