The Launceston Examiner reports that former beauty queen and state MP Kathryn Hay will be bouncing back into state politics with an Independent Labor bid for Tasmanian Legislative Council.
The culture in Tassie upper house politics is to support independents so the loyal Labor lass of aboriginal heritage will be running that way, with ALP support though. Hay was the first woman of Aboriginal descent to be elected in Tasmanian politics.
The one-time Miss Australia 1999 who was elected to the state’s House of Assembly in 2002, didn’t re-contest so she could travel the world with lucky hubby Michael Creighton who pushes his evident luck by also working as a landmine clearance expert in hardship locations like Lebanon and Cambodia.
She told the local press that in the genteel world of Tasmanian LegCo politics “The Upper House is always easier for the incumbent, but I feel that people know me very well. They have known me since I was a very young person, and they’ve seen what I can do for them.”
Ms Hay patriotically supports the Gunns pulp mill providing it meets environmental guidelines, something the company has always pledged to do.
She’s up against the considerably less presentable Ivan Dean, a former mayor of Launceston.
After her very strong showing in the 2002 election, where she was elected with a full quota of her own votes, he should be worried.
Ms Hay has been able to inspire heroic efforts among her campaigners in the past. She revealed in her inaugural speech:
It is really quite overwhelming to consider how much of themselves people have given, helping me in my quest to become a member of Parliament, and I mean it when I say their dedication was extraordinary. I need only to go through my core committee to prove this point. No-one was spared! One suffered for eight months with a very bad back condition; one got the flu; one learned how appealing bronchitis can be; a couple wore the skin off their knuckles from months of doorknocking; another got glandular fever and also had to have two of her wisdom teeth removed; and one went so far to show his commitment to the cause by helping to doorknock and deliver pamphlets only two weeks after having suffered a heart attack. You will be relieved to know that everybody is now fully recovered.
The election is expected May next year.