Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO, has acknowledged the overwhelming support of the people of Indi to elect her for a second term. Ms McGowan congratulated the nine other candidates for contesting the seat of Indi.
“Democracy is alive and well,” Ms McGowan said. “Indi matters, this win was not a fluke, no wool has been pulled over anyone’s eyes and we’re a competitive seat.”
This morning Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull phoned Ms McGowan to congratulate her on winning. Mr Turnbull told Ms McGowan he is confident of forming a majority Government.
“We have a good working relationship, and worked particularly well on the mobile black spot issue in Indi,” Ms McGowan said. “We have agreed to stay in contact over the next few days as the national situation becomes clearer.”
Ms McGowan said the journey from September 2013 to July 2016 had shown how people wanted to be involved in important decisions to determine the future of their communities. Ms McGowan said the voters of Indi had seen the benefit of having an effective independent member as their representative in Federal Parliament.
Ms McGowan is committed to working with the Government to focus on the needs of Indi and regional Australia. “I will be a strong advocate for our region, to get our tax dollars returned to build the infrastructure and support services we need,” she said.
Ms McGowan will work on key issues including:
- higher education
- renewable energy
- employment opportunities
“Thanks to the people who have put their trust in me to be the Independent Member for a second term,” Ms McGowan said. “The hope and optimism from 2013 has delivered real outcomes for Indi.”
Ms McGowan acknowledged Team Orange for the successful campaign.
“Thanks to the thousands of people across Indi for their support,” Ms McGowan said. “They braved the cold weather to stand at pre-polling booths, door knock, and create the wonderful artwork that has helped paint the seat orange. This widespread enthusiasm and support has made this possible.”