Choice critical in democracy
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.