McGowan waits for PM’s call
INDEPENDENT Indi MP Cathy McGowan will not commit her support in Parliament with the new look Coalition leadership team until she learns more about their policies.
Ms McGowan put the Liberal party on notice on Friday before and after the leadership spill that saw Malcolm Turnbull ousted and Scott Morrison take the top job.
“I had an agreement with the prime minister of Australia (Mr Turnbull) which we negotiated over a very long time on policy,” Ms McGowan said.
“If the Liberal party change their leader they need to come and speak with me with their policies, with their arrangements and they need to negotiate with me.”
Ms McGowan repeatedly pledged that she would not make any “deals” or “sell her vote”.
She described the week’s political bloodbath in Canberra as a “tumultuous experience” and “disappointing.”
“My call out (to Mr Morrison) is to settle down really quickly, get the team together and move on.
“I’ll be looking forward to having conversations with Scott Morrison and his team next week.”
Ms McGowan praised the former Prime Minister “on behalf of the country” for the work he has done under difficult circumstances and went on to say she had a good relationship with both the new prime minister and his newly elected deputy Josh Frydenberg.
“My first priority will be to the people of Indi,” she said.
“I’ll look at every piece of legislation as it comes through the parliament but I will put the people of Indi first and the national good close after that.” Wednesday, August 29, 2018, Page 9
Ms McGowan would not confirm that she will step down at the next election but hoped that, whatever happened, an independent would remain the Indi MP.
“I hope the people of Indi see what a wonderful thing it is to have an independent candidate and continue to support an independent candidate in Indi and other electorates do the same.
“Rural Australians love their independents and they’re not engaged in these party games.
“People expect a lot more from their leaders.”
She said she hoped to see the cross-bench grow with independents, especially representing regional and rural areas.
Ms McGowan also called on the new prime minister and the Nationals to make any Coalition deal public.
Ms McGowan, like the rest of Australia, said overall she was relieved that the Liberal party leadership had been resolved.
“I just hope the parliament can go to March,” she said.