Greens’ Indi contender
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