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Voices for Indi congratulates Cathy McGowan for seeking a second term at the next Federal election. V4I endorsed Cathy as an independent candidate for the 2013 election and continues to support her because she remains committed to honest, respectful and constructive politics based on inclusion, valuing all voices and true representation of her constituents.

Polling day's an opportunity to celebrate democracy and reconnect the public with politics, so voting should be a positive experience that encourages us to reflect on our ability to have a say about how we're represented. Based on feedback from supporters, Voices for Indi has made some suggestions to the Federal Parliament.

It seems the closer we get to the next Federal election, the more interest Voices for Indi's receiving from prospective candidates and community leaders looking to learn how V4I began and how it undertook its 2013 Federal election campaign. In response, we're preparing another IndiShares forum. This will be held at the Oxley Hall in Northeast Victoria later this year.

Voices for Indi congratulates Cathy McGowan on the announcement she will seek re-election as the Member for Indi. Voices for Indi exists to build an active 21st century democracy in Indi and will be involved in the next election and every election for the long term.

Another round of Kitchen Table Conversations is about to happen in Indi, this time initiated and organized by our local member Cathy McGowan AO. Kitchen Table Conversations provided the power behind Voices for Indi and Cathy’s election campaign in 2013 and the process has since captured the nation's attention. MPs, electoral candidates and communities across Australia are now utilizing the Kitchen Table Conversation process as an effective, inclusive and enjoyable way for people in their electorates to have their voice...

Voices for Indi came into national prominence during the 2013 Federal election. That was a bit of a surprise as apart from our annual Wangaratta Jazz and Blues Festival, that is not something North East Victoria might have expected. The election of Cathy McGowan AO as an independent to the House of Representatives seat of Indi was not anticipated by the political pundits or even Antony Green. But that has resulted in a lot of attention being given to what...

Alana Johnson, President of Voices for Indi gave a recent presentation to Masters Students studying Leadership at the University of Melbourne. Students from six countries in our region were interested to explore the dimensions of what constitutes an active modern democracy, and leadership within a democracy.

Here's some information about how to vote in the Upper House to ensure that your Upper House vote doesn't preference parties you don't actually want to vote for. Optional preferential voting means that you need only allocate five preferences below-the-line, there's no need to place a number beside all below-the-line candidates. http://www.unipollwatch.org.au/victorian-voters-can-put-the-preference-whisperers-out-of-business/ https://www.vec.vic.gov.au/Voting/StateElections.html

Emerging independent film makers David Escourt and Bethany Young, in association with Darkhouse Productions and Sidekick Films, are releasing 'INDI -The Road to Canberra' a documentary of a rural community grass roots democracy movement, and the (ultimately) successful 2013 Federal election campaign of Cathy McGowan, in the seat of Indi. There are two screenings - Albury and Melbourne.

Great to see that the 'kitchen table process' for engaging with communities has been used by LaTrobe Valley First. Their Community Listening report reflects regional concerns and opportunities which can be utilized for further discussion by others, and (hopefully) by politicians from all levels of government. Download the report at www.lv1.org/report

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