Liberals preselect Jane Hiatt to run in Bean

Ian Bushnell 31 December 2021 27
Jane Hiatt

The Liberals’ chosen candidate for Bean, Jane Hiatt, with a recent award from Disaster Relief Australia, where she volunteers. Photo: Facebook.

The Canberra Liberals’ Jane Hiatt will be confirmed as their candidate for Bean in the 2022 Federal election after standing unopposed at the party’s recent preselection.

In his weekly email to members, President John Cziesla said the party’s Management Committee would meet in mid-January to endorse the Bean preselection result, as well as finalise the arrangements for the Canberra preselection on 7 February.

Bean is held by Labor’s David Smith on a healthy 7.5 per cent margin.

Ms Hiatt is an experienced candidate. She contested the seat of Brindabella in the 2020 ACT election, was unsuccessful in the Bean pre-selection in 2019, which was won by Ed Cocks, and in 2016 she was second on the Liberal ticket for the Senate.

She is a small business owner, mother of four, linguist, naval servicewoman, educator and ultra-marathon runner.

She moved with her husband to Canberra after leaving full-time service in the Navy to raise their family in 1993.


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They started a family business in the dental industry. Ms Hiatt says her passion for education prompted her to start her own successful tuition business in 2002 in Tuggeranong.

Ms Hiatt also volunteers for Disaster Relief Australia.

The Liberals preselected Nathan Kuster for the northern seat of Fenner earlier this year while Kacey Lam-Evans will fill the Senate No 2 slot with Senator Zed Seselja.*

Mr Cziesla also noted the entry of former Australian rugby union captain David Pocock into the election arena, running for the Senate.

But he dismissed his chances and expected Senator Seselja to see off this challenger like the many before him.

“No doubt you have all heard the not entirely unexpected announcement that left-wing political activist and former footballer David Pocock has announced he will be running for an ACT Senate seat,” he said.

“Unlike Labor, the Canberra Liberals have never taken a Senate seat for granted and have, and always will, fight for every vote.

“It is, however, also worth noting that in every Federal election since 1977, we have faced a high profile challenger with the accompanying media commentary that the seat is under threat.”

The federal poll is expected to be held in March or May. With opinion polling favouring Labor, Prime Minister Scott Morrison may hold off facing the voters for as long as possible.

*It was originally reported that the Liberals were yet to find candidates for Fenner and the second spot on the Senate list. This was incorrect and the reporter’s error.


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27 Responses to Liberals preselect Jane Hiatt to run in Bean
Kimberley Lloyd Kimberley Lloyd 8:37 am 03 Jan 22

Have they not change the name from bean yet

Jack Hearps Jack Hearps 6:51 pm 01 Jan 22

The ACT should have at least a further 2 Federal HR seats and another Senate seat ...

    Ash Miller Ash Miller 8:11 pm 01 Jan 22

    Jack Hearps why? HoR is roughly apportioned by population and in any case the ACT is not a state and doesn’t have any semblance of a self sustaining economy.

inspmorse50 inspmorse50 6:18 pm 30 Dec 21

A comment has been mentioned about corruption and branch stacking in the ACT Liberals.
Come to Victoria and see Labour party branch stacking,
including confessions at a recent 2021 corruption trial. Branch stacking also targeted Indian and Somalian voters with fake memberships.
For all those on the left just a reminder that IBAC Ombudsman Deborah Glass found in 2018 that Victorian Labor had misused $388,000 of public money through the red shirts arrangement.

    Capital Retro Capital Retro 8:26 am 31 Dec 21

    Yeah, I’d love to see Ian Bushnell write a critique on that, but I won’t hold my breath.

    Heavs Heavs 9:50 am 31 Dec 21

    Why does the Riotact, a website for ACT and the surrounding region, simply refuse to cover Victorian ALP branch stacking. I can only think of one reason.

Narelle Ford Narelle Ford 2:27 pm 30 Dec 21

Sounds like Pocock has them a tad worried

Patrick J Pentony Patrick J Pentony 2:06 pm 30 Dec 21

A fantastic candidate with plenty of real life experience.

Damien Cummings Damien Cummings 1:20 pm 30 Dec 21

Probably more chance of winning the meat raffle down at the local club

Shane O'Loughlin Shane O'Loughlin 12:39 pm 30 Dec 21

Put Zed last , that’s where he puts Canberrans

    Guy Manton Guy Manton 7:48 am 31 Dec 21

    Shane O'Loughlin don't even put a number again him.

Jayden Hackett Jayden Hackett 12:35 pm 30 Dec 21

What a load of rubbish. Libs have preselected both second senate and preselected for fenner. P.S who ever leaks party emails hasn't read previous emails.

    Tom Porter Tom Porter 5:41 pm 30 Dec 21

    Jayden Hackett missed the previous emails, do you mind putting them up.

    Jayden Hackett Jayden Hackett 10:35 pm 30 Dec 21

    Tom Porter oh no not good! You better call the ABC or another alike they will give you a story filled with BS

    Tom Porter Tom Porter 9:41 am 31 Dec 21

    Jayden Hackett thanks for that, I contacted sky news and 2gb, both said they haven't seen them yet. Waiting on an interview with scooter to get the goss. You should start to open your eyes and understand what is happening in politics. Not just what you are fed by your masters.

Ian Wheeler Ian Wheeler 11:28 am 30 Dec 21

Liberals looking for some 'Disaster Relief'.

Wouldn't have minded seeing some myself

Janet Ilchef Janet Ilchef 11:13 am 30 Dec 21

Congratulations Jane

Monica Tiffen Monica Tiffen 11:00 am 30 Dec 21

Now is the time for all those folk who think they could do a better job!!!

Sol Sol 10:54 am 30 Dec 21

The Canberra Liberals are a failed hollowed out shell run entirely to keep Zed in the safe Liberal seat.

Cziezla is Canberra’s biggest loser presiding over a humiliating ACT election defeat.

Lee is trying her best but the cupboard is bare while mediocrity reigns.

Elizabeth Ann Thurbon Elizabeth Ann Thurbon 10:13 am 30 Dec 21

Pocock for Senate

anthonypesec anthonypesec 9:55 am 30 Dec 21

The Canberra Liberals are struggling to find candidates to run for the House of Reps seats. Such is the level of apathy that Jane Hiatt, who is actually a decent candidate, was the ONLY nominee for Bean and she was preselected without anything close to a quorum.

Heaven knows who they will find for Canberra and Fenner. The corrupt party machine has no interest in winning a Reps seat and all the campaign funding will be spent on saving Seselja’s seat. A fortune will be spent on winning 30% of the vote while Seselja sends scaremongering letters that grovel for donations. Meanwhile the same tired old party president John Cziesla, who has presided over humiliating loss after loss, was reelected at the recent AGM.

The Canberra Liberals are a failed organisation controlled by a hard right cabal totally out of touch with Canberra.

Dysfunctional internal party politics and blatant branch stacking is where democracy breaks down. The only way that this will change is by stripping majority control away from the major parties by electing independent candidates to the cross bench in Parliament.

    chewy14 chewy14 10:39 am 30 Dec 21

    Whilst you may be right about more independents, it’s actually logical for the ACT Liberals to out all their efforts in to winning the Senate seat.

    In our rusted on electorate, it’s the only one they have a chance of winning.

    HarryKent47 HarryKent47 1:08 pm 30 Dec 21

    your probably right the liberals have made no effort to win these seats and it’s too late

    Capital Retro Capital Retro 2:24 pm 30 Dec 21

    Says a green leaning, failed independent Senate candidate

    Vinson1Bernie Vinson1Bernie 10:15 pm 30 Dec 21

    Yes I received my scaremongering email from the ALP so gave them a $1

    Capital Retro Capital Retro 10:47 am 31 Dec 21

    How did they get your email address? They send me propaganda too but refuse to advise where they obtained my address from. I think I’ll complain to Access Canberra.

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