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Eden Monaro Votes: the Ballot Paper draw

Eden-Monaro 1. covers 41,617 square kilometres in the south-east corner of NSW, completely surrounding the ACT. On the South Cost is spans from the southern shores of Tuross Lake and the Tuross River to the Victorian Border that includes Bodalla, Potato Point, Nerrigundah, Dalmeny, Kianga, Narooma, Mystery Bay, The Tilbas and Akolele in the Eurobodalla shire region The seat has been with Mike Kelly (Labor) since 2016, having previously represented the seat from 2007-2013. Yesterday saw Mike Kelly draw the top spot on the Eden-Monaro ballot paper. The draw on the ballot paper is:

  1. Mike Kelly, Labor

  2. Fiona Kotvojs, Liberal

  3. Pat McGinlay, The Greens

  4. David Sheldon, independent

  5. Sophie Wade, The Nationals

  6. Thomas Harris, Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group)

  7. Chandra Singh, United Australia Party

  8. James Holgate, independent Candidate profiles: Mike Kelly Labor 59 year-old Dr Kelly is a former Colonel in the Australian Defence Force first elected in 2007, defeated in 2013 but re-elected in 2016. Kelly has worked as a military lawyer in a string of the world's more intractable trouble spots including Somalia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, East Timor and Iraq. His service includes considerable work in investigating and prosecuting war crime and genocide cases. In Somalia Kelly was responsible for the case against murderous warlord Hussan Gutaale Abdul. The warlord was executed, Kelly feeling no regret about the execution despite his own opposition to the death penalty. In Iraq he was seconded to work for the Coalition Provisional Authority. Kelly won Eden-Monaro at the 2007 election and was appointed a Parliamentary Secretary, becoming Minister for Defence Materiel in February 2013. He was defeated by a 4.8% swing at the 2013 election, losing to his opponent Peter Hendy by less than 1000 votes. There was a 5.8% swing back in 2016, easily electing Kelly as the first Eden-Monaro MP to take their seat on the opposition side of the House since 1969. Kelly is Shadow Assistant Minister for Defence Industry and Support source Fiona Kotvojs Liberal Kotvojs grew up in the electorate and started her career as a high school teacher before she moved on to operate two businesses, one of which specialises in designing, managing and evaluating Australian foreign aid programs in Asia-Pacific nations. She is also the Director of Oxfam Australia and has served as a member of the Australian Army Reserve. Kotvojs helps out her community by volunteering as a member of the Rural Fire Service and was once a telephone counsellor for Lifeline. source Pat McGinlay The Greens McGinlay is a councillor on Eurobodalla Shire Council and has worked as a Divisional Manager for Council, responsible for human resources and work health and safety for Council employees. He also runs his own business as a consultant in learning and development. source Sophie Wade The Nationals Wade is a long-term resident of Yass and an advocate for road safety. Over the past six years she has founded and led the Barton Highway Community Action Group, campaigning for funding and negotiating with ministers to get a real solution for a very real problem. source Chandra Singh United Australia Party Married for 44 years with eight children and 11 grandchildren, Chandra and his family operated motels in Coffs Harbour and Eden. A hard worker all his life, Chandra has also been employed in the insurance industry, as a salesman, on the railways, as bowser attendant and in property development. He has lived locally since migrating to Australia in 1991 from Fiji, where he held senior banking positions and executive roles with the Apex and Rotary clubs. source

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