In the lead-up to one of the country’s most closely-fought elections, Sky News Canberra political reporter Laura Jayes is ready to bring viewers all the big stories. TV Guide sat down with the journalist to find out about her favourite things away from chasing pollies. ENTERTAINMENT Movie: As a kid I was obsessed with La Bamba, but I cried so much when Ritchie Valens died my mum banned me from watching it. In my older years, Snatch. Just too many good one-liners. Book: The Power Of One by Bryce Courtenay. The relationship between Peekay and Giel Peet restores your faith in human nature. Even if it is fiction. TV show: Game Of Thrones. I’m still getting over Ned Stark, and House Of Cards. I see a lot of Francis in the politicians I meet day-to-day. Band or singer: Van Morrison, sentimental favourite, and Paolo Nutini. Nutini has a voice like no other. Album: Bon Iver’s self-titled album. I saw them live in Paris this year. Words don’t explain. Karaoke song: I have never done karaoke in my life. Never will. It’s a social fear. LIFESTYLE Holiday spot: Thredbo. My family have been going there since I was a kid. The snow is not that great but I am never bothered by it. I love the village, the atmosphere, the vibe and the people. It feels like home. Thing to do on the weekend: Running – it keeps me sane. Place to go to relax: Home to Mum and Dad’s house. Hobby: Internet shopping. I need help. Sport to follow or play: Snow skiing. I was an instructor in my former life. Dinner conversation topics: Politics is unavoidable and I love it, travel stories and any story that gets better with more wine. HOME Room in your house: I live with three boys, there is no favourite room. Art piece: An abstract canvas of a naked lady my sister bought me from Cuba and a glass carving my grandma brought back from the Inca Trail. Item you can’t live without: Concealer – for those long days under bright lights. Luxury product: Calf skin leather pants. I live in these for work and weekends. Although they have raised a few eyebrows at Parliament from time to time. FOOD Meal of all time: Burger with the lot. Dish to cook: Lamb shank pasta or spinach and ricotta gnocci are old favourites. Family recipe: Mum’s carrot cake (the secret ingredient is crushed pineapple) with cream cheese frosting. Ingredient: Chilli. It fixes any dish that didn’t quite work out the way you wanted it to. Guilty pleasure: Rice pudding. My grandma, Patty, was the master. Bar: Public Manuka’s Pub in Canberra. Wednesday night during a Parliamentary sitting week you witness all manner of things from journalists and politicians alike. Restaurant: Restaurante Astelena in San Sebastian in Spain. I have never so emphatically recommended any eatery in my life. Bite-sized steaks with mini quail eggs, chorizo skewers. We went back three nights in a row. Cafe´: HAM Cafe and Deli in Cronulla. Old favourite. Love the familiarity of the Italian boys that run it. STYLE Style icon: Marilyn Monroe. I love her glamorous curves. She’s just sexy. Fashion designer: Alexander McQueen. Almost completely unaffordable but if I were rich my wardrobe would be full of it. Piece of clothing: Black lace dress, it’s versatile, very feminine and classic. Shop: Wheels & Dollbaby. It channels that ’50s glamour – my favourite decade of fashion. Artist: Annie Leibovitz. She’s an incredible photographer of her time, documenting the most vulnerable moments of the most famous.