Hannah Beazley eyes spot in Canberra

Hannah Beazley, daughter of Kim Beazley, is running in the seat of Swan for the Federal election. Photo: David Baylis
Hannah Beazley, daughter of Kim Beazley, is running in the seat of Swan for the Federal election. Photo: David Baylis

HANNAH Beazley is aiming to be the third generation of her family to represent WA in Canberra when she takes on Liberal Steve Irons in the seat of Swan at the upcoming federal election.

Ms Beazley said she didn’t take the decision to enter politics lightly.

“You could say from the womb I was always interested in politics,” she said.

“Growing up I was taught politics is the highest form of public service and a platform to make positive, lasting change.

“But I used to look at dad’s life as a federal politician and thought I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy.

“However over the past 10 years I realised I love politics, not for the game of it, but for what it can accomplish.”

When it comes to whether the Beazley name will be a help or a hindrance to her campaign, Ms Beazley is steadfast.

“I’m very proud of my dad Kim Beazley and my late grandfather Kim Beazley Snr,” she said.

“My dad worked very hard for the people of Swan and was widely respected for his work ethic, intellect and commitment.

“But I’m much more than my last name.

“I’m my own person who comes to this campaign with years of professional and real-world experience in running a successful small business and working in the education, social policy and the arts industry sectors.”

Ms Beazley added being diagnosed with a rare blood disease in her 20s had shown her that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

“I was given five to ten years to live,” she said.

“After the diagnosis, I put my hand up to be part of a new drug trial within our public health system which saved my life.

“I am such a strong defender of our public health system because without it, I would not be here today.”

Ms Beazley said being a mum to two boys was also a big part of who she is.

“With one of my boys having extra needs, I had to dive head first into the disability sector with all that entails and learn new ways to care for my son,” she said.

“It’s been life-changing for us all.

“It can be a melting pot of experience and emotion and is one of the core reasons why I will always put the needs of our local families first.”

Ms Beazley said she learnt some tough lessons from her 2013 loss in the seat of Riverton against now State Opposition Leader Mike Nahan.

“The loss taught me listening is one of my biggest assets,” she said.

“If we listen and act on what the community tells us they need, we get the best policies and the best outcomes.

“People also really want to know the person they’re voting for.

“My number one goal is to give everyone in Swan the opportunity to speak with me directly before the election.”

Labor needs five seats to win office and the marginal seat of Swan is firmly in its sights with a 3.6 per cent margin.

“It’s an uphill battle but one I will work very hard to take.”