La­bor Indi can­di­date to of­fer fresh per­spec­tive

Alpine Observer - - People Around Town - By FREYJA POSTLETH­WAITE

THE Aus­tralian La­bor Party’s con­tender Eric Kerr will de­liver new ideas he be­lieves the coun­try needs if elected.

Mr Kerr, who also ran for the seat in 2016, vis­ited Wan­garatta af­ter be­ing an­nounced as the ALP can­di­date on Mon­day.

The North East Vic­to­ria lo­cal has spent the past three years pre­par­ing to cam­paign again and will visit towns through­out Indi and speak with shadow min­is­ters to dis­cuss how to best rep­re­sent the re­gion.

He was elected as Wodonga’s youngest ever coun­cil­lor at just 18 years old and hopes to use a fresh per­spec­tive to ad­vo­cate for progress across the elec­torate.

Protests from school chil­dren ad­vo­cat­ing for cli­mate ac­tion across the coun­try last week demon­strated Mr Kerr’s be­lief that peo­ple wanted to see young peo­ple with fresh ideas in par­lia­ment.

“Health and ed­u­ca­tion are vi­tal ser­vices for ev­ery­one in this elec­torate, whether they live out on a farm or in towns,” he said.

“As the con­cerns ex­pressed by lo­cal doc­tors have shown, Indi is miss­ing out on vi­tal fund­ing – this has to change.”

Although La­bor has not won the seat of Indi since 1928, Mr Kerr is con­fi­dent the party can achieve a pos­i­tive out­come fol­low­ing re­cent chaos in the Lib­eral Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment.

“We saw an al­most 30 per cent swing in the Wagga Wagga by elec­tion and that’s what we need here,” he said.

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