– Cathy McGowan –
Cathy McGowan AO
Independent Member of the Australian House of Representatives- 2013 to 2019
Cathy came to national attention when she won the seat of Indi as an independent in 2013. The community backed her again in 2016. In 2019, Indi made Australian political history when Dr Helen Haines (who Cathy had endorsed) was elected as Indi’s second, independent woman. During her time as a politician Cathy actively worked in Parliament to develop policy around regional development, constitutional change for first nations people and a solution to the indefinite detention of asylum seekers. In 2019 she was awarded The Accountability Round Table award for political integrity. She is an Officer in the Order of Australia, a Churchill fellow and lives very happily on her farm in the Indigo Valley in NE Victoria.