ALP candidate for Indi Robyn Walsh has released her preference allocations, placing independent Cathy McGowan second on her how-to-vote card.
Mrs Walsh nominated incumbent Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella second-last on her preference list, with Rise Up Australia Party candidate Robert Dudley last.
Greens candidate Jenny O'Connor placed third on the list, followed by independent Jenny Podesta.
“I’m pleased to see that ALP Head Office has followed our recommendations implicitly,” Mrs Walsh said.
“My team put a lot of thought into how we were going to do this, and it’s good to see our local knowledge acknowledged.”
Mrs Walsh said her preference allocations were made independently, with no deals being done.
“After the ALP, Ms McGowan is the candidate with the best chance of getting rid of Sophie Mirabella, and we believe that that needs to happen if Indi is to have decent representation.
“I am concerned that Ms McGowan isn’t showing the same commitment, and that many of her votes may – without the direction of a how-to-vote card - go to re electing Mrs Mirabella.
“Ms McGowan is effectively saying to people that if she doesn’t get up, she doesn’t care who does.
“Well, I do – I care about this area having good representation – and that’s why I’m directing my preferences to her.
“If someone is voting for Ms McGowan on the basis that they want Mrs Mirabella gone, it is very important that they preference me ahead of the Liberals.”
Mrs Walsh said another factor in her decision to preference Ms McGowan was the support shown by the independent for key Labor policies.
“However, I could say the same of many of the local candidates,” Mrs Walsh said.
“Labor’s policies are clearly better for country people than the Liberals, and it’s no accident that the candidates who have looked at what both parties have to offer seriously have expressed their support for Labor policies.
“As country people, we understand the importance of programs such as the NBN, Better Schools, the Murray Darling Plan, action on climate change and NDIS to people in regional Australia.”