Mirabella under siege in Indi

By Wayne Jansson, 7 August, 2013 Now that the election has been called, it’s time to give my first seat update on Indi. The campaign period wasn’t even a day old when the first shock came through – independent candidate Alan Lappin pulled out after suffering a heart attack. Alan received 5.84% of the primary vote in 2010 and was widely tipped to improve on that this year. Voice for Indi candidate Cathy McGowan, with a bit of blind luck, held her campaign launch at The Cube in Wodonga on the same day the election was called. The Border Mail reported that more than 400 people attended. It is being […]

Labor’s Robyn Walsh believes voters in Indi will be ignored until Mirabella’s seat turns marginal

By Wayne Jansson 6 August 2013 Wayne Jansson interviews Robyn Walsh – farmer, businesswoman and ALP candidate for Sophie Mirabella’s seat of Indi.  Q- What were you doing before becoming involved in politics? A- I’m a farmer. I’ve been living at Yarck for 15 years and I run a beef business. We’ve got 60 Angus breeders and have a bed and breakfast cottage as well, and a berry patch. Prior to that I was a teacher. I taught adult migrants English as a second language. Q- Why are you running in the seat of Indi, and what do you think is the most important issue facing its residents? A- I’m running because […]

Big parties don’t look like delivering needed broadband and mobile access in Mirabella’s Indi, says Cathy McGowan

Wayne Jansson interviews Cathy McGowan, the leading independent candidate for the regional Victorian seat of Indi held by Sophie Mirabella. No Fibs previewed her campaign in Chasing involved democracy in Indi. August 2, 2013 Q: What were you doing before becoming involved in politics? A:  I’ve always been involved in politics. I run a consultancy company, Catherine McGowan Consulting, that does work in Australia and overseas, mostly with women in agriculture, and I also do rural community development and facilitation work. And I’ve been doing that for about 30 years. Q: Why are you running, and what do you think is the most important issue facing Indi residents? A: Well, I’m […]

Candidates rush for @SMirabellaMP Indi: @jansant reports

View Larger Map Indi seat profile By Wayne Jansson 31 July 2013 The seat of Indi has long been considered a safe conservative seat – apart from four occasions it’s been held by Coalition parties and their predecessors. Located in North East Victoria, its boundary runs along the Murray River and inland to include Wodonga, Wangaratta, Towong, Mansfield, Murrindindi, Indigo, Benalla and Alpine council areas, and a part of the Moira council area. These could be interesting times for Sophie Mirabella, the current member, as there are some quality candidates lined up to run for the seat. The local Wangaratta Chronicle ran a story indicating the other candidates were working together […]

Chasing involved democracy in Indi: @Indigocathy v @SMirabellaMP

  Margo: Cambell Klose has volunteered to do media for Cathy Mcgowan, a community candidate challenging Sophie Mirabella in the safe Liberal seat of Indi at the federal election. His piece is the 4th in our series on new political activists. Those of you who read Not Happy, John! know that grassroots democracy is very close to my heart, and if a resident of Indi would like to report Indi democracy in action from now till election day I’d be delighted to hear from you.   By Cambell Klose 10 June, 2013 For as long as I can remember my electorate of Indi has been a safe Liberal seat. Before […]