Indi MP McGowan’s suc­ces­sor picked

Shepparton News - - NATIONAL NEWS -

Ru­ral health re­searcher He­len Haines has been cho­sen by sup­port­ers of Vic­to­ria’s Cathy McGowan to suc­ceed the in­de­pen­dent fed­eral MP when she re­tires.

Ms McGowan is sched­uled to make an an­nounce­ment about her fu­ture to­day at a me­dia con­fer­ence in Wodonga.

Al­most 200 vol­un­teers picked Ms Haines as their next can­di­date for Indi at a meet­ing to de­ter­mine a suc­ces­sion plan in Be­nalla.

‘‘I want to thank the par­tic­i­pants who turned up on a hot day, those who have put their hands up to be con­sid­ered and Voices 4 Indi,’’ Ms McGowan said on Satur­day.

‘‘I will now con­sider the out­come of to­day’s process and make fur­ther com­ment on Mon­day morn­ing.’’

Ms McGowan has held the north-east Vic­to­rian seat of Indi since 2013, when she pulled off a stun­ning vic­tory against Lib­eral MP So­phie Mirabella.

Na­tion­als deputy leader Brid­get McKen­zie has hinted Fed­eral Mem­ber for Indi Cathy McGowan at con­test­ing the seat, mov­ing her of­fice from Bendigo to Wodonga and re­fus­ing to rule out a po­ten­tial switch to the lower house.

The Lib­er­als have pre­s­e­lected Steve Martin for Indi, while La­bor’s Eric Kerr will also run.

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