Choice crit­i­cal in democ­racy

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

THE con­firmed can­di­dacy of Kate Doyle to con­test the seat of Ovens Val­ley for the La­bor Party of­fers more choice for lo­cal pun­dits at the state elec­tion next month.

Free­dom of choice re­mains a pil­lar of our democ­racy.

It is some­thing we per­haps all too of­ten take for granted.

While La­bor is late to the party, their ar­rival adds to what is cer­tain to be a very in­ter­est­ing bat­tle in the seat which the Na­tion­als have safely held for decades.

Aus­tralian Coun­try Party can­di­date Dr Ju­lian Fidge will be look­ing to in­crease upon the nine per cent of the pri­mary vote he won at the 2014 elec­tion.

The Greens won 10 per cent on the pri­mary back then, and while they’re still no where to be seen, ex­pect them to pop up next month with their can­di­date.

Na­tion­als in­cum­bent Tim McCurdy eas­ily won the seat last elec­tion with more than 55 per cent of the pri­mary, but this time round it is a much tougher bat­tle.

His La­bor op­po­nent this time does have a strong his­tory and con­nec­tion to the seat, and will be look­ing to lever­age off the An­drews La­bor Govern­ment’s record this term. And then you have the in­de­pen­dent fac­tor. Tammy Atkins has been campaigning strongly, seek­ing to max­imise the grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity of in­de­pen­dents within the po­lit­i­cal land­scape.

With less than four weeks to go to polling day, ex­pect the cam­paign to in­ten­sify and look for op­por­tu­ni­ties to ask those who seek to rep­re­sent you, what ex­actly are they of­fer­ing?

We cer­tainly will be do­ing that of all can­di­dates - once they’re of­fi­cially con­firmed af­ter Novem­ber 9 - through our Q&A’s to be pub­lished in the Wan­garatta Chron­i­cle.

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