Greens’ Indi con­tender

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im­por­tant that was to the elec­torate,” Ms O’Con­nor said.

“We stopped be­ing a safe seat (for the Lib­er­als).

“Ir­re­spec­tive of who was elected, the fact that Indi is no longer re­garded as a safe seat is great for ev­ery per­son in this elec­torate.

“Ev­ery po­lit­i­cal party sees us (Indi) as po­ten­tial now.

“I think it also showed that we’re in­de­pen­dent thinkers and there­fore any­thing can hap­pen in Indi, so I’m run­ning with a re­ally strong hope that I can win, be­cause peo­ple do re­spond to and vote ac­cord­ing to what mat­ters to them in Indi.

“We showed that so clearly at the last elec­tion.”

Ms O’Con­nor said that the Greens’ Se­nate vote re­mained strong in 2013 de­spite the fall in her lower house vote.

The Greens achieved 7224 Se­nate votes in Indi polling booths – 58pc more than the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives’ vote won by Ms O’Con­nor in the same booths.

Ms O’Con­nor said that fed­eral coali­tion in­ac­tion on cli­mate change, its treat­ment of asy­lum seek­ers and refugees, dis­crim­i­na­tion, de­mon­i­sa­tion of mi­nori­ties – in­clud­ing peo­ple of Mus­lim faith – and leg­isla­tive at­tempts to hide the truth of its ac­tions from the elec­torate were “ap­palling”.

“If I put a strong voice out there with a pro­gres­sive view that chal­lenges this gov­ern­ment on so many is­sues then I’ll have done my job,” she said.

“Clearly (the last elec­tion) was a very lo­cally-fo­cused elec­tion based on a whole lot of dis­con­tent about the in­cum­bent mem­ber at the time, and there were is­sues around lack

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