INDEPENDENT candidate for Indi Jennifer Podesta has given her second preference to fellow independent Cathy McGowan and her third to Indi incumbent Sophie Mirabella.
It’s in contrast to candidates such as the Labor’s Robyn Walsh and the Greens Jenny O’Connor, who have preferenced the main contenders at opposite ends of their tickets.
Ms Podesta said her preferences were based on her own assessment.
“I’ve recommended Cathy McGowan second because if she is successful, it will be because of a close national election result, in which case she would be better placed to negotiate with either side of politics for outcomes in the North East,” she said.
“I’ve recommended the Liberals’ Sophie Mirabella third, because if Cathy McGowan is not successful it will likely be because of a strong local and national vote for the conservatives, and as a member of the Coalition, Mrs Mirabella will be better placed to deliver than the Labor and Greens candidates.”