DESPITE 12 years at the helm and a proven track record of delivering for his electorate, Hasluck incumbent Ken Wyatt remains humble about retaining his hotly contested seat.
Speaking to Echo News last week ahead of his fifth election, Mr Wyatt said winning the 2022 federal election was about more than reputation and funding promises.
“Nothing is ever enough, because you do not take people for granted,” he said.
“It’s a fatal mistake any federal member or state member can make.”
Some of his delivered funding commitments include, but are not limited to, funding for oval lighting at Swan Valley Sporting and Community Club, construction of Darlington community garden and skate park, the Mahogany Creek Hall refurbishment, upgrades to Mahogany Creek Tennis Club court and clubroom, resurfacing of Mundaring Tennis Club hard courts, new floodlighting at Mundaring oval and the redevelopment of Lake Leschenaultia.
“Wherever someone has come to me and they’ve advocated for a resource I’ve worked hard to try and obtain that,” he said.
“The Swan Valley Sporting and Community Club spoke to me some 18 months ago about money they were raising and what they were hoping to do to increase women in sport.
“I met with them, heard what their proposal was, saw what they needed and then went away and asked one of my federal colleagues to see if this could be federally funded.
“We’ve delivered them $810,000 to deliver a changeroom for women and improve the men’s changeroom, the lighting and the ovals.”
He said the needs of Hasluck had changed in the more than a decade since his election from an infrastructure and public services focus to one of community building.
“What motivates me in the work I do is people,” he said.
“When you make contact with somebody and you make a difference to their life, you go away and think this isn’t a moment for me, it’s about making a difference to an individual and that’s powerful.
“Nothing is too big or too small to intervene on somebody’s behalf, we will always make the effort.”
Mr Wyatt also rejected recent criticism over news headlines stating he said politicians needed a payrise.
“I’ve never advocated for a payrise for politicians,” he said.
“At the time of that interview I was asked ‘why did you come into politics and how do we get people of your experience in to politics’.
“[I said] if you’re expecting to have somebody from the corporate sector come into politics they’re not going to come because their salaries are greater in their company.
“That comment was taken out of context.”
He also fiercely defended comments cost of living pressures had led to a loss of confidence in Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
“Anybody in a leadership role has to make tough decisions and take tough options and we don’t always agree with them,” he said.
“But what he has given us is stability, he’s given us certainty in troubling times and it has also helped us through COVID.
“You wouldn’t expect a Coalition government to have a program like JobKeeper and JobSeeker but we did to ensure our economy stood strong and that our businesses didn’t fall in a heap.
“He steered our country through a very tough time and people should recognise that.”
Liberal’s election commitments for Hasluck include $100,000 to replace South Guildford BMX track, $450,000 for a heritage walking trail in Darlington and $100,000 to improve security in Brabham.
By Claire Ottaviano