In Dad’s footsteps

Daugh­ter proud of fam­ily her­itage

Kalamunda Reporter - - News - Sarah Brookes

Kim Bea­z­ley’s daugh­ter Han­nah is hop­ing to win the seat of Swan at the next Fed­eral Elec­tion.

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

Ms Bea­z­ley (39) said she did not take the de­ci­sion to en­ter pol­i­tics lightly.

“From an early age 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.”

She said a rare blood dis­ease in her 20s showed her ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’.

“I was given five to 10 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 a big part of who she was.

“With one of my boys hav­ing ex­tra needs, I had to dive head-first into the dis­abil­ity sec­tor,” she said.

“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.”

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

Picture: David Baylis www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d484209

Han­nah Bea­z­ley has grown up around pol­i­tics.

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