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AustraliaFederal election result: Helen Haines keeps Indi independent as Cathy McGowan's successor wins

22:00  18 may  2019
22:00  18 may  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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Cathy McGowan : independent MP' s successor chosen by Voices for Indi . Read more. © Provided by ABC News Helen Haines said climate change Helen Haines is set to make history by becoming the first independent to succeed another in federal parliament, replacing Cathy McGowan in the.

Helen Haines is set to make history by becoming the first independent to succeed another in Federal Parliament, replacing Cathy McGowan in the northern Victorian seat of Indi .

Federal election result: Helen Haines keeps Indi independent as Cathy McGowan's successor wins© Provided by ABC News Helen Haines said climate change would be a key issue she would take to Canberra.

Helen Haines is set to make history by becoming the first independent to succeed another in federal parliament, replacing Cathy McGowan in the northern Victorian seat of Indi.

Federal election result: Helen Haines keeps Indi independent as Cathy McGowan's successor wins
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But the former nurse and health researcher would not say whether she would support a Coalition minority government, and indicated action on climate change would be key to winning her support.

Dr Haines fended off a challenge from Liberal Steve Martin to secure 51.9 per cent of the two-party-preferred vote, with 78 per cent of the result counted at midnight.

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Helen Mary Haines (born 21 September 1961) is an Australian politician who has served as the independent MP for the Victorian seat of Indi since the 2019 federal election . Haines grew up on a dairy farm in Colac in southwestern Victoria with four brothers, and attended a public school in Eurack.

The independent Indi MP, Cathy McGowan , has endorsed Helen Haines and announced she will quit politics at the next federal election . Cathy McGowan : independent MP' s successor chosen by Voices for Indi . Read more.

She was chosen to represent Ms McGowan's Voices for Indi group in January, after a selection process during which the group's members put several candidates through hours of questioning.

"We've made history in Indi and we are pretty excited over here," she told ABC TV's election night broadcast.

"It's all too new and too early to say what my support will be for a Coalition government. Let's see what happens overnight."

'I want real action on climate'

Dr Haines was one of seven high-profile independent candidates to sign a joint agreement to cooperate on climate policy in the new parliament.

Others to sign the statement included Wentworth's Kerryn Phelps, Clark's Andrew Wilkie and Zali Steggall, who defeated Tony Abbott in the Sydney seat of Warringah.

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Rural health researcher Helen Haines picked to succeed McGowan when she retires.

Cathy McGowan ' s successor as independent candidate for Indi , Helen Haines , and Alana Johnson from Voices for Indi . Credit:Voices for Indi . It is not yet clear whether Ms McGowan will retire at the federal election in May. She is due to hold a media conference in Wodonga on Monday morning.

Dr Haines said she was not happy with the Coalition's current climate policies, and the voters of Indi had backed that stance.

"I've made it very clear that, in line with the National Farmers' Federation and many other people, I'd want to see 50 per cent renewables by 2030 as a target, I want to see community energy being funded across Australia, I want to see real action on climate."

She said her opposition to the Adani coal mine — a key election issue in Queensland — would not be swayed by the strong support for the Coalition in that state.

"It was very clear to me, when I was campaigning around Indi, that the young people in particular in Indi were saying no to Adani," she said.

"But what I would say is that we have to support the people affected by the transition to clean energy … and I believe that Australia is able to do that."

Dr Haines also campaigned on the need for a national rural health strategy, more investment in regional infrastructure, and an increase to the Newstart allowance.

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Catherine McGowan AO (born 29 November 1953) is an Australian politician who was the independent MP for the rural Victorian seat of Indi from the 2013 federal election , when she defeated Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella, until her retirement before the 2019 federal election .

Helen Coonan appointed Minerals Council chair as coal tensions remain: Federal election result : Helen Haines Helen Haines is set to make history by becoming the first independent to succeed another in federal parliament, replacing Cathy McGowan in the northern Victorian seat of Indi .

Indi had been held by conservative parties since the 1930s until Liberal Sophie Mirabella lost it to Ms McGowan, a former Liberal staffer, by 439 votes in 2013.


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