Independent Indi Helen Haines
Independent candidate for Indi Helen Haines looking to keep Cathy McGowan’s seat orange. Photo: supplied

Current Member Cathy McGowan (@indigocathy) won the safe Liberal seat by a mere 439 votes (0.5{17ac88c265afb328fa89088ab635a2a63864fdefdd7caa0964376053e8ea14b3} margin) from, Sophie Mirabella in 2013. McGowan is supported by grassroots community group Voices For Indi (@voicesforindi).
At the 2016 election, McGowan again beat Mirabella, increasing her margin by 4.4{17ac88c265afb328fa89088ab635a2a63864fdefdd7caa0964376053e8ea14b3}.
McGowan is not re-contesting the seat and is supporting Voices for Indi backed independent candidate Helen Haines (@HelenHaines1).

4.9{17ac88c265afb328fa89088ab635a2a63864fdefdd7caa0964376053e8ea14b3} margin vs LIB
Area: 29,187 sq km
Location: North East Victoria
Australian Electoral Commission seat profile
Division of Indi on Wikipedia
Crossbench shares common ground not votes: @indigocathy comments on #IndiVotes leadership and #IndependentsDay hopes for @HelenHaines1
Helen Haines: website
Cathy McGowan: website

TRANSCRIPT: Haines calls for strong Federal Integrity Commission before election

WE HAVE WAITED too long for an integrity commission. I have watched scandal after scandal go uninvestigated, with no independent watchdog on the beat. Each day that we delay is another day of deterioration of trust in this place, and among the Australian people. Each day, it becomes harder to claw back that trust. There […]

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Cathy McGowan #HumeVotes speech: #IndependentsDay an opportunity for a “better choice”

My talk covers 3 main topics:  The opportunity in front of us today. Linking the Indi experience to that of the Hume electorate and why I believe it’s possible for you to be successful, and A call to action The opportunity is this.  To feel pride in your country.  To feel proud of your community.  […]

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Woulda, coulda, but didn’t: walking the #ClimateAction talk

COMMENT: Before jetting off to Glasgow via Rome, Scott Morrison was in full ‘fatherhood’ mode. As prime minister he pledged to shield the nation from the nasty side effects of committing to net zero emissions; and the cherry on top is that we’ll benefit from all the economic opportunities on offer. Maybe we’re even front […]

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Reclaiming local politics: a national movement of unity

COMMENT: When Cathy McGowan’s team chose – with permission – a re-write of ‘From Little Things Big Things Grow’ as their 2013 campaign song, it left me feeling a little uncomfortable. Incumbent Sophie Mirabella’s boycott of the apology to the stolen generation loomed large as a factor for the involvement of some key players in […]

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From Indi to #IndependentsDay: my #ActiveDemocracy journey

COMMENT: Fascinated by the ‘David and Goliath’ contests of past and current independents and with a background in statistics, I have whiled away these long lockdown months looking for the stories in their votes and preference flows. An especially topical venture given the recent proliferation of ‘Voices For’ groups we are seeing across the #Auspol […]

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PODCAST: Haines rejects Liberal “Protection Commission” on #transitzone

Integrity in government and a robust Federal Integrity Commission is supported by a clear majority of Australian citizens including in those Liberal-held seats where centre-right independent candidates are targeting the incumbents across Australia. However, the Morrison Government is deeply reluctant to legislate for such an independent, robust federal body. Independent Member for Indi in regional […]

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Parliamentary Standards Bill can make politics safer for women says @helenhainesindi: @jansant reports #March4Justice

Independent Member for Indi Helen Haines (@helenhainesindi) discusses the Parliamentary Standards bill she introduced into the Parliament during 2020 and how it could help make Parliament a safer workplace for women. Commonwealth Parliamentary Standards Bill 2020 Australian Federal Integrity Commission Bill 2020 [email protected]: Sexual Harassment National Inquiry Report (2020) *Apologies: during the interview with Helen […]

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Women are fleeing Liberal Party culture, now a new door is opening to enter our federal Parliament, by @margokingston1

“This place attracts and rewards narcissists, and many narcissists are sociopaths,” a ‘Coalition figure with a long history working in Parliament’ told ABC reporter Andrew Probyn last week. Hard truth last month on who and what our political parties pick for us when we follow the brand not the person. Brittany Higgins’ steel-eyed testimony saw […]

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Seven months that changed Australian politics: @drkerrynphelps #GettingElected speech at #indivotes @indigocathy’s #IndependentsDay conference

Also read: How the pop-up @DrKerrynPhelps campaign for Wentworth came together: a @margokingston1 dinner party debrief The role of people, preferences, policies, politics and power in Wentworth from October 2018- May 2019 AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION 1999-2003 The Wentworth by-election was not my first foray into the Federal political arena. In 2000 I was elected as […]

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How the pop-up @DrKerrynPhelps campaign for Wentworth came together: a @margokingston1 dinner party debrief

Also: Reporting Indi: A reflection by Margo Kingston My interest in community independents began when I covered the successful Cathy McGowan race for Indi in 2013, on Twitter and through my website No Fibs. In 2018, I became Kerryn Phelps’ unofficial Twitter campaign manager for the Wentworth by-election and focused on independents at the 2019 election, […]

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Fight the #ClimateEmergency and you might even win #ausvotes: @jansant comments on #ClimateElection

What if there was a climate emergency and the major party’s didn’t turn up? If you listen to many in mainstream media – what climate election? But they’re dead wrong. The Coalition and Labor Party failed to turn up – others didn’t and won victories or made strong inroads into the Coalition primary vote – […]

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Election day 2019 in the orange seat of #IndiVotes in photos: @jansant reports

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Helen Haines, optimistic about tomorrow: @margokingston1 #IndiVotes #podcast

Margo Kingston (@margokingston1) catches up with Independent candidate Helen Haines (@HelenHaines1) while on the road in the Victorian electorate of Indi for the final No Fibs #IndependentsDay podcast before the federal election. They discuss Helen’s recent panel appearance on ABC’s QandA, and how it appeared to spook the opposition. As Margo notes, a couple of […]

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Captain GetUp saving #IndiVotes from itself: @Jansant comments on #AusVotes

Prime Minister Scott Morrison dropped into Wangaratta on Wednesday this week for a quick press conference but did not take any questions from media — nothing to see here. This follows Tuesday’s visit to the same Indi battleground by far-right climate change denial group Advance Australia’s Captain GetUp — and there was definitely something to […]

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Nat senator sees ‘great hoax’ in #ClimateAction: @Jansant reports on @senbmckenzie #IndiVotes

At pre-poll in Wangaratta on Saturday, Senator Bridget McKenzie refused to provide the cost to our economy of not taking swift and decisive action against climate change. I asked McKenzie what the economic cost of not taking fast action against climate was:- Bridget McKenzie (BM): Our country set very ambitious emission targets.No Fibs (Me): But […]

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Lib @SteveForIndi won’t come clean on dirty coal, collusion: @jansant reports on #IndiVotes

The Liberal candidate for Indi Steve Martin has refused to answer questions about his campaign’s collusion with Cory Bernardi’s far right Australian Conservatives, or his support for brown coal power stations, when asked at Wodonga pre-poll on Saturday. No Fibs: So you’re refusing to answer any questions on anything, is that it?Martin: Yes that’s right. […]

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Unlocking the potential of #ClimateAction: @HelenHaines1 comments on #IndiVotes

Something has changed this election. I’ve lived in the North East for 33 years and have a pretty good sense of the usual issues discussed on lunch breaks and at dinner tables in our communities. As I’ve travelled around Indi these past few months, there’s been a shift. The issue people have raised with me […]

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‘Business as usual’ killing communities: Border Doctors’ letter to #IndiVotes and #FarrerVotes

A group of medical practitioners known as Border Doctors have made a direct call for funding to end metropolitan/regional health disparities in the communities of the NSW-Victorian border electorates of Farrer and Indi. The doctors signing this letter believe that we need fundamental change in the way health resources are distributed. Medicare spending and state […]

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Exclusive: @SteveForIndi’s Libs caught colluding with @corybernardi’s @AuConservatives: @jansant reports on #IndiVotes

Liberal Indi candidate Steve Martin’s campaign is working with Cory Bernardi’s far right Australian Conservatives. In Wangaratta, at least, Martin’s campaign team is setting up for both parties at pre-poll. No Fibs received a tip that local Liberal Greg Mirabella was setting up pre-poll for Bernardi’s Senate candidate most mornings and their A-frame signs were […]

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The Liberal campaign in #KooyongVotes an #AusVotes dinosaur: @adropex reports #ActiveDemocracy

Cutting his parliamentary teeth in the Tony Abbott opposition of the 43rd Parliament, Josh Frydenberg could be excused for thinking that with a blue-ribbon seat and a bit of judicious backing in the leadership spills he was set for life. Certainly, since winning the seat of Kooyong in 2010, his rise through the Liberal Party […]

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Lib @steveforindi rejection of Uluru Statement from the Heart ‘misleads’ #IndiVotes: @jansant reports

Liberal candidate for the Victorian electorate of Indi Steve Martin has rejected the Uluru Statement from the Heart, which calls for a First Nations Voice to be enshrined in the Constitution. At the Mansfield candidates forum earlier this week, he said:- I don’t support creating a separate government or level of government [interjection from questioner: […]

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Lib #IndiVotes @SteveForIndi hides political Facebook posts after winning preselection: @jansant reports

According to regular social media observers, Liberal candidate for the Victorian electorate of Indi Steve Martin set his Facebook page to private shortly after winning preselection. Martin’s Facebook account appears to have been dormant for a very long time. This seems odd for a person of Martin’s age, so No Fibs recently posed several questions […]

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Lib #Indi candidate in deep #ClimateChange conflict: @jansant reports on @steveforindi #IndiVotes

Indi Liberal Party candidate Steve Martin’s belief in the science behind human-induced climate change is in serious doubt after giving a series of conflicting answers to questions on the issue as the federal election approaches. In February, Martin told ABC Goulburn Murray he believed in the science supporting human-induced climate change, but at a forum […]

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Long walk to Canberra @ExtremelyMy’s call for #AusVotes #ClimateAction: @jansant reports on #IndiVotes

Melbourne man Shannon Loughnane is walking from Melbourne to Canberra on My Extremely Long Walk For Climate Action to draw attention to the dangers of not taking meaningful action against climate change. No Fibs caught up with him at Violet Town in #IndiVotes a week after his walk began. Loughnane said he’s walking between 10 […]

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A successful #IndependentsDay is like winning Eurovision: @adropex reviews #GetElected #ActiveDemocracy

Pale, male and stale The political class ‘is on the nose’ and trust in our politicians is going into a deep dive. Parliament is seen as being dominated by “personalities, parties and pecuniary interests”. People are tired of the scandals, the factional power struggles and the revolving door of leadership and prime ministers. With each […]

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Bob Brown back on campaign trail to #StopAdani: @jansant #Auspol #ClimateElection #podcast

Former federal Greens leader Bob Brown is back on the campaign trail on the #StopAdani Convoy heading up the east coast of Australia. Brown spoke to No Fibs about the convoy at Albury-Wodonga, where around 200-300 people gathered early on Easter Friday to join the convoy and show their support. Show your support or join […]

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People-strong in face of cashed-up Libs: @jansant comments on @HelenHaines1 #IndiVotes baton-catch

From the city to the bush, the Coalition is looking down the barrel at an electoral disaster of its own making, born from arrogantly refusing to listen to the voices in its electorates. The battle is no longer about saving the furniture: it’s about saving the house itself. It remains to be seen how all […]

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Helen Haines keeping the Indi dream alive: @margokingston1 #IndiVotes #podcast

Helen Haines (@HelenHaines1) was chosen by supporters of Voices 4 Indi  as the successor to Independent MP Cathy McGowan to contest the federal seat of Indi in north-east Victoria. Margo Kingston (@margokingston1) caught up with Helen Haines for the No Fibs podcast and spoke about Helen’s passion for Indi and her involvement in the Voices […]

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Rural #IndiVotes says end the blame game for #ClimateElection: @kateauty #StopPrayingForRain

For those who still think our rural community of Indi is asleep on a slow train to a washed-out railway bridge, I suggest that the activity in the streets and halls all over the place should be arresting. In the main shopping strip of Euroa, on Tuesday evening this week, cattle farmers, woolgrowers, lamb producers, […]

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Election fever in #IndiVotes as 230 attend rural #Benalla candidates night: @jansant reports

Last night in the rural city of Benalla 230 #IndiVotes constituents attended a ‘meet the candidates’ evening hosted by local journalist Libby Price. The candidates: Shane Wheatland UAP Helen Haines Ind Mark Byatt Nat Eric Kerr Lab Steve Martin Lib The evening started with a short introduction from each of the candidates, then questions from […]

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I felt she was speaking directly to me: @digitdave reflects on @indigocathy and #ActiveDemocracy with @adropex

Like the waters of the Murray-Darling Basin, communities run deep in regional and rural Australia. From the Hawkesbury River and the central coast of New South Wales to the Murray River and the valleys and ranges of north east Victoria, people gathered at Parliament House overlooking Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin to listen to Cathy McGowan’s […]

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Cathy McGowan reflects on community politics: @jansant #IndiVotes #podcast

Hi, I’m Wayne Jansson and this is a Margo Kingston’s No Fibs podcast. I came to No Fibs via Twitter during the 2013 election campaign when Margo put a call out for citizen journalists to cover seats where they live. I reported Cathy McGowan’s 2013 Indi campaign, in fact she was my first ever interview. […]

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The Cube Wodonga turns orange for #IndependentsDay @HelenHaines1 #IndiVotes campaign launch with transcript: @jansant reports

The Cube in Wodonga turned orange today as Helen Haines (@HelenHaines1) launched her #IndiVotes campaign with Cathy McGowan MP (Indi) (@indigocathy) and an army of supporters there in support. Haines told supporters her campaign is on track. This first phase of the campaign since the Voices for Indi forum has been about getting our orange […]

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Shouting at the television and planting gardens: #ActiveDemocracy stories by @adropex

What do shouting at the television and gardening have in common? From little things big things have grown. Gather ’round people, let me tell you a story… or two. Whilst a television was not one of the perks of an Aboriginal stockman’s life in the Northern Territory in 1966, the story of Vincent Lingiari and […]

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Chapter one of the #IndiWay ends with Cathy McGowan’s final #IndiVotes speech in Parliament: @indigocathy #auspol valedictory transcript

Margo Kingston’s suggested reading:How Indi got itself on the map: The blueprintChasing involved democracy in Indi: @Indigocathy v Sophie Mirabella MPReporting Indi: A reflection by Margo Kingston Cathy McGowan’s valedictory transcript Mr Speaker – I seek the indulgence of the house:  Hello everyone and thank you for coming. Six years ago when I rose to […]

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Crossbench shares common ground not votes: @indigocathy comments on #IndiVotes leadership and #IndependentsDay hopes for @HelenHaines1

For six years Indi has been an example of a different kind of political representation. ‘The Indi Way’ has become part of the vernacular and my communities continue to celebrate the many achievements of Independence. We have acted in parliament on many issues since those very first ‘Kitchen Table Conversations’ in Indi. In 2013 they […]

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The #AusVotes preference system or choosing sides when your team can’t make the Grand Final: @adropex stops #ShoutingAtTheTV and comments

The closest I have come to an election campaign was handing out How-to-Vote cards in the Victorian state election last year, but I must admit to being an interested observer of #Auspol since the 2013 federal election which saw a local independent unseat a major party incumbent in the hitherto safe Liberal seat of Indi. […]

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The @NoFibs #IndependentsDay Twitter mission at #ausvotes: @margokingston1 comments

The way I see it, every safe Coalition seat must be in play in the sense that quality indies ask tough questions incumbents are forced to answer. That requires courageous indies & committed, creative citizens because a weakened local media can’t do it. Ready to play? #ausvotes — Margo Kingston (@margokingston1) February 22, 2019 Hi. […]

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Rusted off or how I learned to stop worrying and love the indie: @jansant comments #WentworthVotes #auspol

You could say I’ve been pretty loud in the #WentworthVotes hashtag and you’d be right. Here’s why. In 2013 I was convinced (maybe easily) by a few Twitter accounts I banter with in #auspol to contribute to Margo Kingston’s No Fibs Federal election coverage. A project/experiment with citizens reporting from the seats they lived in: or grassroots […]

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Burnt bridges: A reflection on the demise of Sophie Mirabella by @adropex

    The result in the seat of Indi is final. Only in the last few weeks, as her 2016 campaign collapsed, has the topic of Sophie Mirabella not rekindled in me the upset and anxiety of the last decade. Rather the emotion was one of grudging compassion. With hindsight, the similarity in the unrelenting […]

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Burning down the house with the mother of all #ausvotes wedges: @Jansant comments

The Liberal Party in Victoria has run a divisive election campaign designed to wedge the vital volunteer emergency service the Country Fire Authority (CFA), creating deep divisions within communities and families. After the Liberal Party and their flying squad of media goons unsuccessfully went after the #Indivotes kids who dared oppose and beat them – […]

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Greg Mirabella heats CFA issue to boiling point in #Indivotes as #ausvotes nears: @Jansant reports

The husband of #Indivotes Liberal Party candidate Sophie Mirabella has been involved in an incident at Wangaratta pre-polling with a local Country Fire Authority (CFA) volunteer from the local integrated fire station. No Fibs has been told a third person stepped inbetween the pair to stop Mr Mirabella advancing towards the volunteer. Both people involved […]

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Some snowy vox pops before the final #Indivotes week of #ausvotes heat: @Jansant reports

Vox pop questions Have you taken an interest in the election campaign? What is the most important election issue to you? Will the CFA dispute impact how you vote? Are you satisfied with how Cathy McGowan has represented Indi? Tolmie Wade Jackson Not really. Look at re-doing roads. Yes, the CFA saves all the towns […]

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Voters grill @IndigoCathy and @MartyCorboyNats #Indivotes Libs cry forum foul: @Jansant reports

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”auto” height=”” background_color=”#ECE9D8″ border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]Speaking to ABC radio on Tuesday morning, Mirabella said the forum failed to raise “any questions about what I think the top issues of concern for Indi are”, which she said were jobs, infrastructure and roads. Excerp from The Guardian – link at end of story.[/dropshadowbox]The ABC […]

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Deputy PM @Barnaby_Joyce parachutes Latham into #IndiVotes: @jansant reports

As expected, #Indivotes got a whole lot more interesting with pre-polling, the Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce (@Barnaby_Joyce) even parachuted Mark Latham into the marginal seat. On the Sunday before pre-polling, Cathy McGowan MP (@IndigoCathy), Marty Corboy (@martycorboynats) and former Nationals member for Murray Valley Ken Jasper, put on a very public display of (and […]

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Part 9 of NoFibs Australian election coverage 2016: @Qldaah #ausvotes #auspol #qldpol

Ongoing coverage of the Australian election campaign for 2016.

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Jasper coaches @martycorboynats to stomping #Indivotes victory over @IndigoCathy: @jansant reports

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Part 8 of NoFibs Australian election coverage 2016: @Qldaah #ausvotes #auspol #qldpol

Ongoing coverage of the Australian election campaign for 2016.

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Part 7 of NoFibs Australian election coverage 2016: @Qldaah #ausvotes #auspol #qldpol

Ongoing coverage of the Australian election campaign for 2016.

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Part 5 of NoFibs Australian election coverage 2016: @Qldaah #ausvotes #auspol #qldpol

Covering the Australian election campaign for 2016.

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Part 3 of NoFibs Australian election coverage 2016: @Qldaah #ausvotes #auspol #qldpol

Rolling coverage of the Australian election campaign for 2016. Table of contents Jump to comments section. Mathias knew nothing. What Mitch knew. Send in the cops. Medicare thaw. They took our jobs and growth. . (May 22, 2016) Day 15 – Mathias knew nothing Senator Mathias Cormann didn’t know about the raids Senator Mathias Cormann has […]

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Queen of Mean takes on Miss Congeniality and #Indivotes braces for the onslaught: @Jansant reports

Last June when Sophie Mirabella (@MirabellaSophie) won Liberal Party preselection for the Federal seat of Indi, the much anticipated McGowan V’s Mirabella rematch was on and the unofficial campaign was off and running. Mirabella went out hard and early, barely a day went by she wasn’t doing media: I’m back and you will see me, […]

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Pt 1 – Australian election blog 2016: @Qldaah #ausvotes #auspol #qldpol

Blog along as we cover the long Australian election campaign for 2016. Table of contents Jump to comments section. Mal’s Panama Papers. Saving Albo. Pies and Toast. Battleground Queensland. To the Governor General. . (May 12, 2016) Day 5 – Mal’s Panama Papers Siberian gold mines and Mossack Fonseca Elise Worthington reported, “Prime Minister Malcolm […]

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Oh @MirabellaSophie you have not changed, by @camklose #Indivotes

Disclosure: Campbell Klose was Cathy McGowan’s media advisor at the 2013 election. Cast your mind back, if you will, to the 2007 federal election. A rogue Tony Abbott, let off his leash, went through the Coalition’s slim chances of re-election like a wrecking ball; abusing Labor members on live TV, giving erratic interviews and generally […]

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Face off in #IndiVotes where @martycorboynats firms as main challenger to @IndigoCathy: Photos @jansant

#PMLive #Indivotes forum, April 21, 2016

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So @martycorboynats v @mirabellasophie at #indivotes, how will @Barnaby_Joyce play? @adropex reports

The Coalition ‘Cupid Shuffle? What was Warren Truss thinking when at a recent media doorstop he singlehandedly emasculated the National Party in Victoria? For that matter, what was Sophie Mirabella thinking when, during this same media event, she deposited six years of her career in the ”can’t actually deliver” bin? Warren Truss, in the final […]

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Aunty through @TurnbullMalcolm’s independent looking glass of #auspol’s realpolitik: @Jansant comments

Last week, New Matilda published explosive details of a secretly recorded private conversation between Nick Ross, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC) former Games and Technology Editor, and Bruce Belsham, the Head of ABC’s Current Affairs division. They later published the full transcript. The recording made by Ross (@NickRossTech), reveals political pressure being exerted over editorial […]

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Local #IndiTalks media slams @MirabellaSophie’s “playground politics”: @Jansant reports

Sophie Mirabella (@MirabellaSophie) and Prime Minister Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR) have been accused of “playground politics” during the Spirit Of Anzac launch in Wodonga on Friday, by snubbing “people’s choice” independent, Cathy McGowan MP (@IndigoCathy) and using the event to promote their party for the next federal election. The Border Mail (@bordermail) editorial said: respect for […]

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Joint Standing Committee to consider @mirabellasophie’s #Indivotes tactics: @TammyLeeAtkins comments

Let’s change the rules to ensure polling day’s a more positive experience Polling day’s an opportunity to celebrate democracy and reconnect the public with politics, so voting should be a positive experience that encourages us to reflect on our ability to vote and have a say about how we’re represented. Based on feedback from supporters, […]

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Rematch as #Inditalks about @MirabellaSophie and @IndigoCathy new #IndiVotes duel: @Jansant reports

Sophie Mirabella (@MirabellaSophie) won Liberal party preselection today at Benalla, setting up a rematch in what will likely be the most watched seat at the next federal election, Indi. Humbled by support of #Indi Liberal members today. We will continue to listen and work with fellow locals #inditalks pic.twitter.com/540LBLaplC — Sophie Mirabella (@MirabellaSophie) June 28, […]

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The #indivotes movie: @adropex review and musings on how Indi is changing politics

INDI: The Road to Canberra — CROWDFUNDING TRAILER from David Estcourt on Vimeo. INDI: The Road to Canberra  “More than a year has passed since the campaign, so it was interesting seeing our emotions on the big screen…Obviously there are a lot of nuances that can’t be conveyed in a 90 minute film, but [the […]

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Northern #VicVotes at war as Libs payback Nats for McGowan #IndiVotes support: @Jansant reports

Yesterday The Border Mail reported altered how-to-vote cards had been handed out during pre-polling in Wangaratta, Northern Victoria, with Coalition partners saying a “rogue Wangaratta volunteer” was responsible. How-to-vote cards for Tony Schneider, the Liberal candidate for Euroa, had been altered by hand, advising a below the line vote, placing National Party Legislative Council candidate […]

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Participation an antidote to #Auspol cynicism: the #IndiVotes democratic revolution, by @adropex

“What do rowers and politicians have in common?” asked Dr Simon Longstaff AO, Executive Director of the St James Ethics Centre. “They both look one way and go another.” This resonated with the 265 attendees at the  “Indi talks Democracy” event who came to listen to Simon Longstaff and, “the warhorse from the inside”, former […]

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Place at kitchen table set for Tony Windsor at #Inditalks feast: @jansant reports

Voices For Indi (V4I), the group that helped Cathy McGowan MP (@Indigocathy) win the Victorian seat of Indi, will hold  fresh rounds of “kitchen table conversations” at two events over the weekend. The events which are booked out will be held in Swanpool (Saturday) and Yackandandah (Sunday) in North Eastern Victoria. The events are called […]

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Sour grapes of Liberal wrath as #MurdochMafia target #Indivotes: @jansant comments

Every now and then in the life of a nation, there’s an event that threatens to change the status quo, bringing the old tired establishment out swinging. You and I, the punters, will be led to believe the assault is for our own good and the sanctity of our institutions. Sophie Mirabella’s (@MirabellaSophie) defeat at […]

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The @Indigocathy campaign clean, #murdochmafia false smear declares war to regain Indi: @camklose comment

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”300px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]Margo: Cam Klose was the Voice for Indi’s media person during its campaign to elect Cathy McGowan at the last federal election, and wrote twice for No Fibs during the camapign, Chasing involved democracy in Indi: @indigocathy v @SMirabellaMP and Cathy McGowan’s campaign for Indi enters the […]

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Storify: @indigocathy campaign team share the lessons of #IndiVotes during #IndiShares reports @jansant

[View the story “Voice for Indi opens its doors at #Indishares” on Storify]

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#Indivotes independent candidate @jenpodesta explains why she’s joined the ALP

Last year I stood as an independent candidate in the federal Seat of Indi – now famous for the outstanding win by another independent, Cathy McGowan, over the three-term incumbent Sophie Mirabella. Much has already been said and written about that. The experience of standing as a candidate was at once exhilarating and heartbreaking, but […]

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Ordinary people speaking with an extraordinary voice @MargaretOConno5 reports

By Margaret O’Connor @MargaretOConno5 13 December 2013 It’s Monday December 2 and thirty degrees. The nation’s capital is sliding into a languorous warm late afternoon. I trundle into the Parliament House car park and try, with difficulty, to find a park, because northeast Victoria has come to town. Inside the House of Representatives Chamber, the […]

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Doing politics differently: @indigocathy maiden speech

Madam Speaker, Colleagues, special guests, friends and family. Madam Speaker, warm congratulations on your election. I thank you and my colleagues for your warm welcome. I begin by acknowledging the traditional owners and custodians of this land, both past and present. Today I am going to share a story – about myself, about my electorate […]

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Reporting Indi: A reflection by Margo Kingston

[clear] By Margo Kingston, 1 December 2013 I take the Gold Coast train to Brisbane airport, the plane to Melbourne, the sky bus to Southern Cross Station, the train to Seymour, and the bus to Wangaratta train station. Wayne Jansson leads me to his battered old car and drives me to the hamlet of St James. […]

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Sal Kimber on singing the @voiceforindi song, and getting Paul Kelly’s OK

[clear] Sheila’s editor and No Fibs columnist Sarah Capper interviews Sal Kimber, who re-wrote and sang From Little Things Big Things Grow for Cathy McGowan’s campaign launch. Sarah was at the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre where Sal performed on election night, during which swings going against the tide of the rest of the country increasingly showed […]

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The intellectual grunt behind @Indigocathy Indi victory: @sarah_capper report

[clear] By Sarah Capper Sheila’s editor 20 September 2013 When Jeff Kennett lost the “unlosable” Victorian election in 1999, the Victorian Women’s Trust’s Mary Crooks wasn’t overly surprised. In the years leading up the state poll, in her new role as Executive Director of the VWT, Crooks designed and led the ‘Purple Sage Project’ – which […]

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McGowan to apologise to Indi Aborigines: Transcript of her victory press conference

Margo: So it’s the end of the beginning for the member for Indi Cathy McGowan. Wayne Jansson has kindly transcribed her answers to reporters’ questions at yesterday’s victory press conference. McGowan announced that she would end the hurt created by Ms Mirabella’s boycott of the Stolen Generations apology by making a formal apology on behalf of Indi next Sorry Day. Wayne discovered […]

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Cathy McGowan’s female indie MP predecessor Doris Blackburn

[clear] By Dr Robin Tennant-Wood 18 September 2013 With the news that Sophie Mirabella has conceded defeat to Independent Cathy McGowan in the seat of Indi, the electoral book has closed on one of the most closely watched head-to-head contests in an otherwise lacklustre election. The election of a high profile woman as an Independent MP […]

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The reckoning of Indi: What took so long?

by Tom Anderson September 18, 2013 “The ballot being a means of protecting the franchise, must not be made an instrument to defeat it.” “Where the intention is clear, doubtful questions of form should be resolved in favour of the franchise.” “The language of the Act read as a whole and in favour of the […]

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Reflections on a unique campaign: Greens candidate @JennyJenocon on #Indivotes

By Jenny O’Connor, 16 September, 2013 The campaign is over and we are waiting for the result in what has turned out to be the most interesting election in the nation. At the time of writing Cathy leads by 544 votes with 2000 to count. My result as the Greens candidate has been decimated – […]

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Where Sophie went wrong, by #Indivotes candidate @jenpodesta

By Jennifer Podesta, 13 September, 2013 As the dust begins to settle across the nation after the 2013 election, the significance of what has been achieved in the electorate of Indi will continue to be a talking point for some time to come. It will no doubt be analysed from multiple positions: by engaged and […]

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No Fibs tribute to Indi democracy by @geeksrulz

No Fibs Indi campaign archive  

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The sociology of how Cathy won Indi, by @ktbar0

[clear] By Kate Sleeman 12 September, 2013 Life in regional cities and towns is often perceived by our city cousins to be a step back in time; dull, slow, backward and socially conservative. However the election result in Indi has hopefully changed their perceptions and highlighted the power of real communities. They are beginning to […]

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September 2012 Voice for Indi Vision statement: Reckon they got there?

[clear]   By Margo Kingston , 11 September, 2013 On election night at the Wangaratta Arts Centre, a movement leader, Susan Benedyka  read out a the Voice4Indi movements vision statement of 6 September 2012. No wonder Orange Indi took the roof off a year later. [dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”650px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ] Spirit and […]

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The #Indivotes campaign in pictures, by @Jansant

The Indi Seat election seen through the lens of our local No Fibs Citizen Journalist and Photographer Wayne Jansson 9 September 2013 Roll over photos to read captions and click on photos to see bigger versions. Election Win Celebration Roll over photos to read captions and click on photos to see bigger versions. No Fibs #Indivotes […]

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Margo’s Twitter reports from Indi – 7 and 8 September, 2013

Storify by The Geek Sun, Sep 08 2013 23:30:53 Margo’s twitter reports from Indi – 7 and 8 September, 2013 One of the most interesting seats in this election is without question Indi with sitting shadow frontbencher Sophie Mirabella. Margo joined the election buzz and reports on how grassroots politics is making a difference. Share […]

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Cathy McGowan on her #Indivotes journey

[clear] Sal Kimber performs a Indi version of “From Little Things Big Things Grow” at the end of the campaign launch on August 4. Original version of “From Little Things Big Things Grow” was written by Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody. [dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”600px” height=”300″ background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]Interview by Margo Kingston in Indi, […]

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Sophie’s desperate choice: Indi booths blanketed with negative ads, heavies on guard

[clear] By Wayne Jansson September 7, 2013 In what can only be seen as a desperate act, Sophie Mirabella’s early Friday night took almost all available space at polling booths for Liberal posters. https://twitter.com/thejackseymour/status/375966007652651009/ The Mirabella team then posted security guards at booths in Wangaratta, Wodonga and Benalla. Citizens took to Twitter to voice their […]

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The mood of Indi’s grassroots politics might reflect a nation, documentary makers say

by Tom Anderson September 5, 2013 I became aware of a film crew in Indi earlier this week when they visited the pre-polling booth in Wodonga to interview and film the loyal band of volunteers (including myself) manning the booth and handing out How to Vote cards on behalf of candidates. Members of the independent […]

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Jennifer Podesta inside the Indi contest: slurs, setbacks and why she came up smiling

By Jennifer Podesta September 5, 2013 The past few months since announcing my nomination as a candidate in the seat of Indi have been the most rewarding and challenging of my life.  I would like to share with you some of the highlights of that journey, reflect on how the campaign has evolved from my […]

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Tactics get tough as McGowan’s orange horde surprises Mirabella in Indi

By Wayne Jansson September 4, 2013 Reports started emerging on Saturday that sitting Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella, fighting to retain the seat of Indi, had shipped in over 20 Young Liberals from her alma mater, the University of Melbourne. [email protected] says Sophie bussing in Melbourne young Libs for final #Indivotes fling Media Alert: McGowan (cont) […]

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Following my compass as it points #Indivotes Green, by @TomAnderson62

By Tom Anderson, 3 September, 2013 On the 17th of August 2013, I joined what are now more than one million Australians who completed the ABC Vote Compass questionnaire. As I said in The night I got politically engaged’: How @TomAnderson62 found himself live tweeting #Indivotes: I have always been what you would call a […]

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Riding the #Indivotes high: @TomAnderson62 campaign update

  By Tom Anderson, 2 September, 2013 Back on August 16 I made my debut as a Citizen Journalist when Margo published my first ever piece of writing after I live-tweeted for the first time an Indi candidates forum. I ended with: “Tonight I became involved in local grass roots politics. I got engaged in […]

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Greens Indi candidate @JennyJenocon on #Indivotes

By Jenny O’Connor, Greens Candidate for Indi September 1, 2013 This is my tenth year of campaigning for the Greens in Indi – and by far the most interesting. Usually there is no contest: Labor runs a well-meaning but no-chance candidate; I try to increase the Green vote – it’s risen from less than three percent […]

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Transcript of Jasper press conference for #Indivotes

By Tom Anderson 30 August 2013 Ken Jasper interview Cathy McGowan’s response and Al’s questions on robocalling See Tom’s calculations of how McGowan might win Indi. Margo: No Fibs citizen journo Tom Anderson attended yesterday’s press conference in Wangaratta where long-time National Party MP for Murray Valley Ken Jasper explained why he supported Cathy McGowan’s […]

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Wangaratta goes wild for democracy: @Jansant reports hot #Indivotes forum

By Wayne Jansson 30 August 2013 STOP PRESS: The Coalition is looking increasingly shaky from rural Australia as former National Party MP Ken Jasper publicly pledges his support for Independent candidate for Indi Cathy McGowan. Jasper was recently seen showing McGowan around at a local football match.McGowan placed an advertisement in the Border Mail today, […]

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How Indi got itself on the map: The blueprint

By Ben McGowan 29 August 2013 Drive 40 minutes north of Melbourne, cross the Great Dividing Range, and you will drop into the electorate of Indi. Keep driving north and you’ll travel another three hours before you cross the border in NSW. Indi is an electorate of catchments – the King River, Ovens River, Kiewa […]

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Indi’s grassroots QandA, with hashtag: @Jansant reports

By Wayne Jansson 27 August 2013 #IndiVotes created its own version of #QandA on Monday night at The Cube in Wodonga. It was a night full of passion and at times fire as the candidates battled it out in front of a capacity crowd of more than 300. The #IndiVotes hash tag was displayed on […]

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Latte-sipping city slicker @VanBadham gives thanks for rural independents and sees a new dawn for values in politics

By Van Badham  August 27, 2013 The tactical employment of demeaning stereotypes has always been popular in the Australian political discourse.  Just lump together some universally loathed behaviours – like vanity, self-indulgence or entitlement – dress them as communities you’re trying to discredit, and parade them like carnival villains. “Union thugs”, anybody? “Feminazis”?  “People smugglers”? “Asylum […]

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Indi locals protest Mirabella’s claims on health centres – and her preferences stir bad bushfire memories

STOP PRESS: Katter Party candidate backs Sophie Mirabella in Indi By Wayne Jansson August 23, 2013 Katter’s Australian Party (KAP) candidate in Indi, Phil Rourke, caused a storm on Friday when The Border Mail reported he urged voters concerned with local issues to make Liberal incumbent Sophie Mirabella their first choice, even before him. I rang KAP […]

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Mirabella in front, but McGowan claims support from all camps: @jansant #Indivotes update

By Wayne Jansson, !8 August, 2013 The contest for Indi hit the national media this week with a hint of friction in Liberal-National coalition ranks, as reports emerged of National Party members being involved in independent Cathy McGowan’s push to unseat the Liberals’ Sophie Mirabella. “I’m getting support right across the political spectrum in Indi,” […]

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‘The night I got politically engaged’: How @TomAnderson62 found himself live tweeting #Indivotes

By Tom Anderson @TomAnderson62 I have always been fascinated with politics, especially elections. I guess that started when I worked as a ‘Polling Clerk’ at 15 at a booth at Mont Park in Macleod back in about 1977. How did a 15 year old get a job that had a prerequisite of ‘must be enrolled on electoral […]

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McGowan a close friend of Tim Fischer, but denies she’s Indi’s National Party front

By Wayne Jansson, 16 August, 2013 The Voice4Indi candidate Cathy McGowan has hit back at claims by unnamed Liberal sources that she is a front for the National Party in Indi, saying she has support across the political spectrum. Ms McGowan acknowledged she was a close friend of Mr Tim Fischer, a former National Party […]

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