Senator Perin Davey discusses life in politics

John Sahyoun interviews Nationals Senator Perin Davey at Myall Coast Radio.

SENATOR Perin Davey, on a tour through the Lyne electorate, dropped in for a short chat on Myall Coast Radio at the studio in Bulahdelah.

Senator Davey is a NSW Senator and the deputy leader of the National Party at the Federal level.

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Ms Davey lives in a small town about thirty minutes from Deniliquin, where her electoral office is located.

As the only Federal Senator located in rural NSW, Ms Davey said she feels a direct affinity with regional and remote areas.

“It’s lovely living in the bush and understanding all the issues that regional people face but also having that freedom, the space, the fresh air and the friendly faces so you wouldn’t live anywhere else,” she said.

Ms Davey started her career as a cadet journalist with the Mudgee Guardian, covering life in the rural NSW town for three years.

“I think that sent me on the pathway,” she said.

“It was a really interesting time in a small regional community to be working in journalism, you talk to everyone, and you cover everything from sports to law courts.”

Having spent her schooling in Canberra, after taking on positions internationally and serving on the staff of various politicians, she was ready to take the next step.

“At the end of the day it was time for me to step up and take responsibility and hopefully make a big difference,” said Senator Davey, who now has two adolescent daughters.

She was asked what advice she would offer should they show an interest in entering politics.

“Besides having my full support I would just caution them that you really do need a thick skin in politics.

“You’ve got to be prepared for everything and you’ve got to understand that people don’t like politicians, so do not go into politics to be popular.

“Going to politics is about delivering on your values and what you believe,” said Senator Davey.


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