McKenzie makes her move
Senator’s relocation to Wodonga stirs up battle for Indi
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.