In Dad’s footsteps
Daughter proud of family heritage
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.
Hannah Beazley has grown up around politics.