Local, Independant and Effective

Q. Why should I vote independent?

Posted August 27, 2013

 

A.  The electorates represented by independents in the last parliament received 3.9% of health funding despite only having 2.1% of the population. That’s almost double the average national funding – because they have representatives who work to get results for their people.  It’s time the people of Indi received their fair share of federal funding. As an independent, working only for Indi, Cathy McGowan will take this fight to the Government.

“I like Cathy but I’d never vote for an Independent.”

Cathy has met hundreds of people keen for change in Indi on her travels throughout the electorate. While the response has been hugely positive, some people are concerned about the effectiveness of independents in federal parliament. Some have cited this as a barrier to them voting 1 Cathy McGowan.

Well let’s look at the facts with the example of health funding in the last Parliament. With independent representatives, the electorate of New England has received $120 million for Tamworth Hospital and $32 million for a cancer clinic. The electorate of Lyne hasreceived $137 million to upgrade hospitals in the electorate. The electorate of Denison received $340 million to upgrade Royal Hobart Hospital.

The electorates represented by independents in the last parliament received 3.9% of health funding despite only having 2.1% of the population. That’s almost double the average national funding – because they have representatives who work to get results for their people.

In our area, Albury-Wodonga Health is one health organisation, which has been chronically underfunded. Currently the board is considering outsourcing jobs due to its financial strain. Money promised by successive governments hasn’t shown up, because our representatives don’t pressure the government to deliver.

The recent announcement of the $5 million cardiac laboratory, whilst a step in the right direction, is only the tip of the iceberg in responding to our region’s health funding requirements, which have been historically neglected as safe seats.

Independent representatives also secured more money for roads, and were successful at getting rollouts of projects like the NBN to come first in their electorates.

It’s time the people of Indi received their fair share of federal funding. As an independent, working only for Indi, Cathy McGowan will take this fight to the Government.

Here are some words from Cathy explaining why she chose to run as an independent candidate:

“As an independent candidate I am not bound by party rules. I will respond to the community in ways that best serves the community. This means that my allegiance is to the people who elect me, to the people of Indi.”