Politics

5 mins with Ben Wyatt

GEOFF VIVIAN

October 4, 2012

Shadow WA Treasurer Ben Wyatt spends five minutes discussing music, school memories and his personal inspiration with Inkwire

Who is your inspiration and why?

My parents. My folks spent an enormous amount of time, effort and money ensuring that my sister and I had the best education possible. Their emphasis on education and the responsibility a good education brings to contributing back to our community was the bedrock of my upbringing. I will be thankful to my parents for the rest of my life for this. And I hope that I am bringing a similar outlook to my two daughters.

When you were still at school, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I always had a keen interest in public service and the possibility of a Parliamentary role. But, interestingly enough, throughout most of my schooling I thought I would end up in the defence forces. It wasn’t until I went to university that my interest in law developed and I started to seriously consider politics as an option.

Ben Wyatt. Photo supplied.

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

Hard to say! Many people have given such fantastic advice over the years, but the best advice always comes back to commitment and planning. Try and have a plan around your life. It doesn’t need to be set in stone but a direction and purpose is always important. Any good plan should be set around the beliefs and morals you bring to your job so that way any plan can be flexible within the parameters you are willing to move.

What are you reading right now?

To the Highlands by a great local author Jon Doust.

Favourite film?

I absolutely love the movies so this will be hard … I go to the movies to escape so love the Star Wars (original) trilogy … and anything with a bit of drama/action.

Favourite music?

I am a sucker for 80s tunes. That means it’s hard to pick a particular band as the best hits came from the ‘one hit wonders’!

What do you like most about your job?

The diversity. I will never have a job as diverse as being a Member of Parliament. Literally, every hour brings a different issue and challenge. You come across people and issues all over our massive State. This is what makes the job so special.

This story was written and produced by the team at Western Independent which is due to hit stands next week.

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