Laura Fraser Hardy was endorsed in July as Labor’s candidate for the seat of Bonner for the 2013 Federal Election.
The seat of Bonner is currently held by Ross Vasta of the LNP. The seat includes Carindale, Chandler, Manly, Mount Gravatt, Wishart and Wynnum.
Ms Fraser Hardy is a solicitor in industrial and employment law at Hall Payne Lawyers. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.
I asked her about her political background, motivations and what she likes about where she lives.
“I am a mum, who wants the best for her daughter,” she says.
Ms Fraser Hardy’s mother was a migrant, who came to Australia in the 1960’s with her parents. She says they were looking for a better life and future for their family.
“Together, my mum and my dad have worked extremely hard to provide me with every opportunity to succeed in life. They encouraged me to take each opportunity that comes my way and to get involved with issues that were close to my heart,” she says.
“I continue in that tradition of working together with my husband towards a better life for our daughter. I worked hard to go to university and to study law, to get some vital work experience and eventually buy a home. None of that could have been achieved without the support of my family and husband.”
Mr Fraser Hardy joined the Labor Party over 10 years ago. She says she was driven by creating opportunities for others particularly through education and multiculturalism.
“It is the power of opportunity to change one’s life for the better that motivated me to join the Labor Party. The Labor Party is the political party that believes in working hard to find ways to provide opportunities for every member of our community.”
“Getting more involved, and putting my hand up to run for public office was the logical next step towards helping create those opportunities for others. I want to be the next Federal Member for Bonner because I believe in fighting for a strong future for our community.”
Ms Fraser Hardy says that throughout the election campaign she will be door-knocking, holding mobile booths, attending community functions, speaking to as many residents as possible and communicating via her Facebook profile. (Since that time a public Facebook page has been set up)
“Being a mum, wife and lawyer I know that issues like job security, access to a good quality education and family and community support through policies like the National Disability Insurance Scheme are issues that are worth fighting for. I will be focusing on those issues that are about creating opportunity for those people who live in Bonner.”
Ms Fraser Hardy and her husband bought their first home in Manly West in 2010.
“We really enjoy living in Manly West as we are surrounded by many other young families, who have turned out to be fantastic friends,” she said.
“We enjoy living close to the Manly foreshore and like being able to go to the many great local parks for plays with our two year old daughter. My husband and I enjoy spending time with our family and friends and spend a lot of time at local restaurants with them.”
“Our daughter attends a great local child care centre, and we feel that we have landed ourselves in a great location. We really like getting an early morning coffee down the road, playing at the water park, attending the markets on the weekend and having fish and chips on a Sunday evening”.
(Pictured above: Laura Fraser Hardy with her husband Mitch and daughter Piper)