Does Celia Hammond Support West Coast, or Is She Bleeding Purple? How does Kate Chaney drink her coffee? And what is Yannick Spencer’s favorite movie?
To learn something new about the top three candidates, PerthNow got some answers just days before Curtin’s voters decided.
Camera IconLiberal MHR for Curtin, Celia Hammond, is seeking a second term. Credit: Danella Bevis/The West Australian
Liberal MHR Celia Hammond
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Favorite movie? I can’t decide! The Sting and, as a tragic 80s Diehard, Breakfast Club, Dirty Dancing, Back to the Future.
Dogs or cats? Always rescue pets! Were cats, now dogs.
Favorite place to relax or hang out in Curtin? All local cafes.
How do you drink your coffee? Single shot cap.
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Eagles or Dockers? Eagles.
First car and car you drive now? I shared a beat-up Gemini with my sisters. Now VW Tiguan and (not so patiently) waiting for a hybrid!
What do people not know about you? I like Lego and cryptic crosswords.
What keeps you up at night? All issues people have reported to me are taking longer than expected to resolve.
Camera icon Former Prime Minister John Howard in 1996. Credit: METHOD
Who is Australia’s best Prime Minister ever? Tie: John Howard and Scott Morrison. Despite the many challenges Scott Morrison has faced during the pandemic, his decisions have left Australia in a stronger position than almost any other country.
What inspires you? People who quietly do their best to help others.
Camera IconKate Chaney runs as an independent in Curtin’s federal seat. Credit: Danella Bevis/The West Australian
Independent candidate Kate Chaney
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Favorite movie? The princess bride.
Camera icon Kate Chaney is a cat person. Credit: Ty_Swartz/Pixabay
Dogs or cats? Cats.
Favorite place to relax or hang out in Curtin? Picnic dinner with the family on the grass at City Beach in the summer.
How do you drink your coffee? I’m drinking tea.
Eagles or Dockers? Neither – sigh! I don’t follow the footy.
First car and car you drive now? My first car was a Mazda, and now I drive a VW.
What do people not know about you? I can balance a bottle on my head.
What keeps you up at night? Listen to podcasts.
Who is Australia’s best Prime Minister ever? Robert Menzies – my grandfather was in his cabinet.
What inspires you? People who believe they can change things for the better.
Camera Icon Yannick Spencer Will Run For Curtin’s Labor Party Seat. Credit: WA Labor
Labor candidate Yannick Spencer
Favorite movie? The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. I love books, and I think the film captures them perfectly. They don’t even look 20 years old when I look at them now!
Dogs or cats? We have one of each.
Favorite place to relax or hang out in Curtin? At home with my family or on South Cottesloe beach with our dog.
How do you drink your coffee? Espresso.
Eagles or Dockers? Western power! And the Dockers, when looking at the other spiked ball sport.
First car and car you drive now? I inherited my grandfather’s old Toyota Camry. I go with a Vespa GTS 250 when I’m alone or a Subaru Outback when I’m with the family.
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What do people not know about you? I used to live in the Soviet Union, thanks to both my parents being Australian diplomats stationed in Moscow. And I am a qualified yoga instructor.
What keeps you up at night? My children! Both because they are awake, and I think of what kind of world we will leave them behind.
Camera icon Prime Minister John Curtin. Credit: Included
Who is Australia’s best Prime Minister ever? Of course, I must say, John Curtin, after whom Curtin’s seat is named. He led Australia through most of the Second World War, insisted that Australian troops return to defend Australia, and (with the help of Ben Chifley) carried out or planned many of the most important social reforms of the 20th century.
What inspires you? Again, my children. It’s humbling and inspiring to watch little people grow up before your eyes and develop their sense of who they are and what’s important.