INDI’S soon-to-be declared new Independent member, Helen Haines, says she will hold re-elected Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who visited the Indi electorate twice during the campaign, to his $112 million worth of promises to the electorate.
Speaking at her Wangaratta East property on Sunday morning, Dr Haines, surrounded by her extended family and supporters, said the Coalition had thrown everything at Indi to win back the seat, punctuated by funding commitments by Liberal candidate Steve Martin and the Coalition across the electorate well in excess of $100 million.
“I will hold them to account on each and every promise…I’m hoping the PM is a man of his word,” she said.
Dr Haines, who had spoken to Liberal candidate Steve Martin, who was yet to concede the seat, said she, like the rest of Australia, was waiting to get a clearer picture on six seats in doubt which were expected to determine whether the Coalition would form government in its own right with 76 seats, or have a minor government reliant on crossbench support.
“My support of the government will be based on the issues I was elected on in Indi…a greater commitment to rural health, rural infrastructure, climate action and a robust integrity commission,” she said, indicating she would welcome the opportunity to have a discussion with Mr Morrision, when and if he called.
Full story in Monday’s Wangaratta Chronicle
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