Focus goes on Indi candidates
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.