Get to know Hanabeth Luke

Hanabeth Luke Independent

I grew up in a surfing family between Cornwall and Byron Bay.

My father ran a carpet-cleaning business and my mother had a surf shop.

Some of my fondest memories are with my grandmother, who worked for Teagles farm machinery. She taught me about living through WW2 and what it means to make the most of life, speak the truth and not waste a scrap.

I’ve worked on farms, building sites, as a beach lifeguard and in restaurants, waiting tables and washing dishes. I’ve paid my way since I left home at 16.

My first love was killed in the Bali bombing. Walking away from those flames I vowed to make my life count, to follow my heart, work hard, do what I say I will do and persevere through challenges.

This philosophy led me to become a senior lecturer in science and regenerative agriculture in Lismore. I’ve been working with our farmers for 11 years and developed the Lismore poll and Richmond Valley surveys on coal seam gas.

My PhD results are on the big yellow signs as you drive into Lismore.

My husband and I are bringing up our two little kids in Evans Head. We’re both in the emergency services and were first responders during the flood.

I’m running for the Page because our communities deserve an MP who will fight for affordable housing and local industry. Someone who will support a federal integrity commission and climate action.

I’m standing as your community Independent because I believe our politics badly needs more science, integrity and better connection with regional Australia.

I’m a fan of Cathy McGowan because she has inspired a new way of doing politics with and for community.

To achieve a fair future, we have to work together to find workable solutions to the huge challenges we face.

This is the theme song for our campaign.

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