Fo­cus goes on Indi can­di­dates

Wangaratta Chronicle - - What’s On -

EVEN be­fore the fi­nal dec­la­ra­tions for lo­cal state gov­ern­ment up­per and lower house MPs have been de­clared, the po­lit­i­cal spot­light is al­ready be­ing re­set to­wards the next fed­eral elec­tion.

Since Prime Min­is­ter Scott Mor­ri­son an­nounced the date for an April bud­get next year, it all but leaves May as the month for the na­tion­wide vote to de­ter­mine where this coun­try is head­ing for the next four years.

On the sur­face, sit­ting fed­eral mem­ber Cathy McGowan looks a more than good chance to hold her seat if she de­cides to re­con­test but that has not been con­firmed one way or the other for some weeks now.

Spec­u­la­tion will only in­crease on Ms McGowan’s fu­ture con­sid­er­ing lobby group Voices for Indi has ad­ver­tised in to­day’s Chron­i­cle for ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est from peo­ple as­pir­ing to be an “Orange In­de­pen­dent” can­di­date for Indi.

We can only pre­sume that be­cause of the close con­nec­tion be­tween Voices for Indi and Ms McGowan that it is for her ‘suc­ces­sor’ rather than as an op­po­nent (although stranger things have hap­pened in mod­ern pol­i­tics).

Ms McGowan’s com­ments in to­day’s edi­tion seems to hint that if an ‘ap­proved can­di­date’ can be found, she could in­deed step down.

Ms McGowan’s ca­reer may have been given a nice boost at the start by Voices for Indi and there is no doubt she con­tin­ues to re­flect and present the val­ues that the lobby group val­ues highly but whether a Voices for Indi fu­ture cho­sen one will have the same suc­cess is a to­tally dif­fer­ent man­ner.

What they will have is a very well or­gan­ised and ex­ten­sive lo­cal sup­port team which will pro­vide a proven tem­plate on how to run a com­pet­i­tive po­lit­i­cal cam­paign.

Per­haps that is what sep­a­rates the group the most from the ma­jor po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

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