Nats’ Nash still in the mix

THE need for a local Federal member who is committed to our region and understands the pressures facing families in the area is why Young-based Senator Fiona Nash is still not ruling out “throwing my hat in the ring for Hume”. THE need for a local Federal member who is committed to our region and understands the pressures facing families in the area is why Young-based Senator Fiona Nash is still not ruling out “throwing my hat in the ring for Hume”.
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However, she will wait until the Coalition agreement between the Nationals and the Liberals, which will determine which parties stand in Hume, is finalised.

“The Nationals are negotiating in good faith, and we have been awaiting an agreement before we open pre-selection for Hume,” Senator Nash said.

“If it is decided the Nationals will run a candidate in Hume I will make my decision about whether to put my hand up for preselection at that time.

“There are more than 500 Nationals members in Hume, all of whom will have a say in choosing our candidate – we’re the most democratic of any Australian party in that respect.”

Member for Burrinjuck, Katrina Hodgkinson, has also been named as a possible Nationals candidate for Hume but she said she would not be making a comment on speculation she will be seeking a tilt at a federal seat.

It comes as no surprise to Senator Nash that Ms Hodgkinson has been canvassed as a potential candidate.

“Katrina Hodgkinson is an outstanding local champion for the Nationals and an excellent minister in the NSW Government.

“She has an incredible record with the local community – she grew up locally, ran a successful small business and she’s raised her family here. People have a lot of respect for that kind of local experience and understanding, and it’s not surprising that she’s been suggested as a potential candidate.”

The Liberal Party recently preselected Angus Taylor as their candidate in Hume with Alby Schultz retiring at the next federal election.

“The Nationals and Liberals work well together in Coalition, and it is very effective,” Senator Nash said.

“We are separate parties however, and from time to time it is not unusual for there to be three-cornered contests held in some seats.”

“For example, the Liberals fielded a candidate against Riverina MP Michael McCormack at the 2010 election,” Senator Nash added.

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