Congratulations to Cathy McGowan, the new member for Indi.
18 September 2013
An update on the voting for Indi, the seat held by Sophie Mirabella and contested by local independent, Cathy McGowan. The ABC website has dropped Indi from the "seats in doubt" and is now listing it as one of the "changing seats" going to Cathy McGowan.
It's not over yet and probably won't be until the end of this week at the earliest - possibly not for another fortnight. However the fact that Sophie has come out and said she's not seeking a Cabinet position even if she wins is already a big plus for Australia and for our electorate.
Current situation: a 9.9% swing against Sophie Mirabella (38,209) for Cathy McGowan at 39,658 after preferences, with 83.1% of the votes counted.
Here is the website for Voice for Indi, where the campaign for better representation all started.
Sophie Mirabella campaigned strongly against the carbon pricing scheme and against the then Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. Here is Sophie (just left of centre) with our incoming Prime Minister, Tony Abbott and incoming Speaker of the House, Bronwyn Bishop (bottom left), standing under two very ugly banners.
That's just in case HotWhopper's international readers doubted the abysmal quality or respectability of the incoming leadership of our once forward-thinking and progressive nation. (With apologies to Cathy McGowan, who has bent over backwards to avoid belittling Sophie Mirabella.)
(Juliar is what opponents called the then PM, Julia Gillard - among other things as you can see. Bob Brown recently retired as leader of the Greens party in Federal Parliament.)
Here is my earlier article on the election and the future of the carbon pricing scheme. I don't normally write about politics - the climate is apolitical. However all the signs are pointing to this new government taking actions that will seriously harm any hope that Australia will continue to reduce emissions quickly enough.
Not speaking out isn't an option.
$7 billion Wandoan coal mine scrapped
On the plus side, the world as a whole is moving on, maybe offsetting the incoming government's backward steps. For example, one of the biggest mining projects in the country – the $7 billion Wandoan coal mine in Queensland – has just been scrapped - despite the change of government.