Media Advisory for January 14 2018

Helen Haines selected by Voices for Indi forum as next ‘orange independent’ candidate for Indi. 

Helen Haines, a nurse, midwife and public health researcher from Wangaratta has been chosen by a Voices for Indi forum to be their next independent candidate in Indi.


Over 200 volunteers from Cathy McGowan’s past election campaigns selected Haines, 57, from a panel of three nominees. The first of its kind process put candidates through six hours of questioning and deliberation.


The decision was reached by consensus of all 200 participants.

Helen will be available for comment with Cathy McGowan MP on Monday at 10am in Wodonga.

WHERE: The Cube Wodonga

WHEN: 10am, Monday January 14

CONTACT: Alana Johnson, 0427 624 214

Quotes attributable to Helen Haines:


“It’s a privilege to have been part of this unique process and to have the support of the ‘orange army’ to be their next independent candidate in Indi.”


“I’ve lived in the north east for 32 years. I have raised my family here and have spent my professional life fighting to improve the quality of healthcare in our region. If I earn the support of the voters of Indi, I will be ready to take that fight to Canberra.


“We’ve seen over the last six years in Indi the huge difference it makes having an independent voice in Parliament. Cathy has delivered incredible results for Indi. But the work has only just begun and we can’t afford for the seat to revert back into the hands of the major parties to be ignored once more.


“It’s why I’m very excited to get to work – to get out there in the community I love, to listen to their issues and hopefully earn their trust to be the next independent member for Indi.”