Indi’s playing field has levelled out
INDI’S youngest candidate Labor’s Eric Kerr believes the political playing field in Indi is as close as it’s ever been thanks to two terms of office being held by an independent.
He has been joined in the Indi race by Liberal candidate 6WHYHQ 0DUWLQ ZKR ZDV RI¿ cially endorsed in December, and now Voices 4 Indi replacement for Cathy McGowan, Dr Helen Haines.
In what had been a Liberal stronghold seat prior to Cathy McGowan’s election in 2013, the sands have now shifted with more candidates creating an open contest.
“It’s fair game now for other candidates to have a crack and Labor thinks Indi is a winnable seat and I hope people are looking for change by supporting a young person,” Mr Kerr said.
Mr Kerr’s optimism could have been met with a puzzled look several years ago, as Labor hasn’t held the seat of Indi since 1931, with either the former Country Party (Nationals) or the Liberal Party sharing the dominance.
At the 2016 election Kerr polled 9.79 per cent of the primary vote, however, this could dramatically change if the swing in federal polls, and outcomes of the 2018 Victorian election are anything to go by.
“Labor is very likely to form government and if I’m elected I will be looking to focus on the big ticket items to better education, health, mental health, aged care, the climate, environment and farming,” he said.
It’s too early to tell what the outcome of this week’s announcement that Ms McGowan will not contest the 2019 federal election, but her successor Dr Helen Haines, named as the new Voices 4 Indi candidate, is full of enthusiasm to carry on the ‘orange community’ approach to politics.
Mr Martin wished Ms McGowan well saying he has a lot of respect for the passion she put into the job.
“If anything the election of an independent over the last two terms has put more focus on the Indi electorate,” he said.
The Liberal candidate begins his 50 towns in 50 days campaign trail on Friday, starting with visits to Myrtleford, Yarck and Benalla.
“I want to listen to the community as the best answers for solutions come from the people affected by it,” he said.
“There are challenges for Indi’s business communities and families regarding access to services and I want to fight for these people if elected.”
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“Best wishes to Cathy and it’s been a credit to her to KROG RI¿FH IRU WZR WHUPV EXW we’re hoping that now people can be policy focused and not personality focused and I look forward to the election,” Mr Corboy said.
ADVOCATE FOR CHANGE: Australian Labor Party candidate for Indi Eric Kerr will advocate for change in Parliament and in his party to best represent constituents if elected.