Women taking a strong stand

Candidates show changing face of Indi politics

STRONG women are lining up more than ever before to represent Indi.

STRONG women are lining up more than ever before to represent Indi.

So far, five women from all sections of politics have nominated:
• incumbent Coalition member, Sophie Mirabella (MHR, Indi);
• Labor’s Robyn Walsh;
• The Greens’ Jenny O’Connor; and
• independents Cathy McGowan from Voice for Indi and Jennifer Podesta.

This is a record for Indi, which had three women and three men contest the 2010 election, and only had its first female candidate 20 years ago with Labor’s Jenny Luck.

Mrs Mirabella is one of just 37 women out of 150 members in the House of Representatives, but the trend does not bother these Indi candidates.

Ms O’Connor said women from the country are strong and become heavily involved in their community and issues concerning their families, as well as wearing the effects of droughts, fires and floods.

“Overall it’s great to see really strong women representing rural areas,” she said.

“I commend everyone, even though we might disagree on politics.”

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