Academic and Evans Head resident Dr Hanabeth Luke is known for keeping calm under pressure.
She was famously hailed the ‘Angel of Bali’ after helping an injured man escape Kuta Beach’s Sari Club following the 2002 Bali Bombing.
Ms Luke is a lecturer in science and agriculture at Southern Cross University and she has confirmed her plans to become the Independent candidate for the Seat of Page at this year’s Federal election. An election date hasn’t been announced but is expected in May.
Ms Luke has worked with farmers for more than a decade running large landholder surveys.
She has listened to the firsthand accounts of the many challenges the region’s farmers are facing, she said.
“In both my work and social life I know that people are sick of the lack of integrity, transparency and competency of the Morrison Liberal/National Government. I believe we are in a crisis of truth and decency.
“I support an honest politics that is fair, transparent and accountable. I want to see improved funding and better connectivity of our health and care systems.
“I will fight for a fair future with affordable housing and quality education for all the people of Page, as well as a rapid transition to a carbon neutral economy that supports our farmers and regional industries.”
Ms Luke faces a challenge.
Nationals MP Kevin Hogan has held Page for eight years.
Labor’s Patrick Deegan will be running for Page for the second time.
Other candidates are yet to be announced.