Nats mull tilt at Indi
Deputy Federal Nationals leader Bridget McKenzie is being urged to have a crack at seizing the rural Victorian seat of Indi after high-profile independent MP Cathy McGowan confirmed she would retire at this year’s Federal election.
Ms McGowan, 65, won the seat from the Liberals’ Sophie Mirabella in 2013 and holds it by a margin of 4.1 per cent.
Ms McGowan yesterday nominated nurse and public health researcher Helen Haines as her successor, declaring it time to “pass on the baton”.
But Ms Haines could be facing an uphill battle to hold on to the electorate, with a three-way contest brewing.
The Liberal Party has preselected Wodonga engineer Steve Martin as its candidate, while there is speculation that Senator McKenzie may attempt to make a switch to the Lower House.
Senator McKenzie wished Ms McGowan well in life after politics. “From one regional parliamentarian to another, I would like to recognise Cathy’s service to the north-east of Victoria,” she said. Phoebe Wearne