MEDIA STATEMENT

November 20, 2021

Helen Haines, Independent Federal Member for Indi has taken the first step toward the 2022 federal election, opening the Wangaratta volunteer campaign hub in Reid Street.

The shopfront campaign hub is a place for volunteers to gather and for members of the community to come by, learn about the election and speak about the issues that matter to them. It is expected that many campaign hubs will pop up in towns throughout Indi in the lead up to the election, managed by the more than 1700 volunteers that make up Team Orange.

“I am running for re-election to represent the people of Indi for another three years,” Dr Haines said on Saturday.

“It has been the biggest honour of my life to be the Federal Independent Member for Indi since 2019, and even though we have achieved so much already, my work is not done. I will continue to fight for a strong federal integrity commission, for action on climate change that benefits regional Australia and to ensure our communities get the healthcare, transport and phone and internet coverage we deserve.”

A federal election must be held before the end of May next year and it is expected to be a strong contest again in Indi.

“As an independent MP I am accountable to the people of Indi, not party bosses,” Dr Haines said.

“And that’s what these volunteer hubs are about. Our campaign is led by local people who want to see politics done differently.”

Dr Haines’ electorate offices in Wangaratta and Wodonga remain open, available for assistance with constituent issues like Centrelink, the NDIS, telecommunication and other federal government issues.

Read Electoral Legislation Amendment (Political Campaigners) Bill 2021