Last Thursday 1 August the newly-elected Member for Indi, Helen Haines MHR, delivered her maiden speech to the House of Representatives. This is her speech:
Helen Haines has lived and worked as a nurse, midwife, health administrator and rural health researcher in north-east Victoria for over 32 years.
Steve Martin, the Liberal Party candidate for Indi, is a local and a widely respected member of the community.
Forty-one year old Shaun Damous’ late grandfather Luigi Damous was a Macedonian immigrant who grew up on High St in Northcote and lived there all his life, after immigrating to Australia in 1949.
The order of candidates on the ballot paper for Indi was decided at a draw held by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC).
All eyes are on Indi for the 2016 election as Jessiie Rees-Dielenberg and Mikaela Turner report for Swinburne University and The Junction.
Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison this morning visited Government House and asked Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove to dissolve the 45th Parliament for an 18 May election.