McKen­zie makes her move

Sen­a­tor’s re­lo­ca­tion to Wodonga stirs up bat­tle for Indi

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News - BY SHANE DOUTHIE sd­outhie@ne­me­

VIC­TO­RIAN Sen­a­tor and deputy leader of the Na­tion­als, Brid­get McKen­zie, has con­firmed she is mov­ing her of­fice from Bendigo to Wodonga and has not ruled out run­ning for the seat of Indi in the next fed­eral elec­tion.

In re­sponse to ques­tions from the Wan­garatta Chroni

cle Sen­a­tor McKen­zie said the move would take place by the end of the year.

“My im­me­di­ate plans are to set up the of­fice in Wodonga and work closely with the lo­cal com­mu­nity to rep­re­sent them in Can­berra but I haven’t made a de­ci­sion on whether I should stand for Indi,” she said.

“To en­sure re­gional Vic­to­ria is sup­ported and con­tin­ues to grow, I believe the best place to do this is through bas­ing my elec­torate of­fice in Wodonga.”

Sen­a­tor McKen­zie be­lieves the peo­ple of Indi would re­ceive bet­ter rep­re­sen­ta­tion if they had a mem­ber of the Na­tion­als rep­re­sent­ing them as part of the gov­ern­ment.

Whether or not the Na­tion­als de­cide to run a can­di­date in Indi would be de­cided by the party she said.

“That is a mat­ter for the party or­gan­i­sa­tion but the ex­pec­ta­tion is that they will,” she said.

“For now I am fo­cused on de­liv­er­ing real ben­e­fits for re­gional Aus­tralia – like the com­mu­nity sports in­fra­struc­ture pro­gram, the Ru­ral Health Strat­egy, a $550 mil­lion in­vest­ment that will de­liver 3000 doc­tors and 3000 health pro­fes­sion­als to the re­gions over the next 10 years and a $220 mil­lion Mo­bile Black Spot Pro­gram that will de­liver over 1000 tow­ers to re­gional Aus­tralia.”

Sen­a­tor McKen­zie said her party was not con­cerned about the per­ceived rise of in­de­pen­dents in pol­i­tics.

“The Na­tion­als are jus­ti­fi­ably proud of their his­tory in fight­ing for and de­liv­er­ing a bet­ter deal for re­gional Aus­tralia,” she said.

“The re­al­ity is that as part of the Coali­tion gov­ern­ment, the Na­tion­als play an im­por­tant role at the cab­i­net ta­ble.

“More in­de­pen­dents only in­crease un­cer­tainty and cre­ate in­sta­bil­ity in par­lia­ment.”

Sen­a­tor McKen­zie had some praise for sit­ting mem­ber Cathy McGowan’s (MHR, Indi) be­lief that the cur­rent Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment should run its full term.

“We wel­come Cathy McGowan’s sup­port for the Lib­eral Na­tional Gov­ern­ment as it clearly re­flects the views of her elec­torate,” she said.

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