Being an Independent MP: A Lifetime Journey and a Station on the Way
The way I see the world – my standpoint as an Independent Member of Parliament representing the regional electorate of Indi in rural NE Victoria, is through a number of lenses. I am a daughter, aunt and sister, a business woman, community member,
a farmer, and now politician. My electorate consists of a number of sophisticated inter-connected rural communities, with complex networks and where mutual obligations run deep. Wodonga, Wangaratta and Benalla are the main towns and the rural communities cluster around the rich agricultural valleys of the Goulburn, Broken, King, Ovens, Kiewa, Mitta, Dart and Murray rivers.
In this article I have tried to capture some of the environments and events that have helped shape my perspectives, beginning with some family and personal background, acknowledging three women who have inspired me, and concluding with a discussion
about the job of being an Independent MP and how I am trying to be inclusive of community in this role.