McGowan waits for PM’s call

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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,

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.

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