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Aug 13, 2010

Doorknocking in Melbourne, Part 2: Cath Bowtell presses the flesh

"Hi, I'm Cath Bowtell, Lindsay Tanner's replacement," Labor's candidate for Melbourne proclaimed gutsily in Victoria Street Richmond this week as the battle for the federal seat reached its pointy end

Andrew Crook ā€” Former <em>Crikey</em> Senior Journalist

Andrew Crook

Former Crikey Senior Journalist

“Hi, I’m Cath Bowtell, Lindsay Tanner’s replacement,” Labor’s candidate for Melbourne proclaimed gutsily in Victoria Street Richmond this week as the battle for the federal seat reached its pointy end. Bowtell may have been written off in some quarters as a Green tide threatened to overwhelm the 100-year Labor electorate, but for the trade union veteran it seemed the message had yet to get through.

Bowtell could hardly have foreseen her current predicament. This time last year, as then-ACTU President Sharan Burrow gave off strong signals of a pending move overseas, Bowtell seemed poised to realise her long-held ambition of replacing her hero after years of behind the scenes toil. The union lifer was at the precipice of unprecedented power and influence and to most observers it seemed Burrow was offering her an open invitation.

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7 thoughts on “Doorknocking in Melbourne, Part 2: Cath Bowtell presses the flesh

  1. Pamela

    I was at the match- my boy was playing- it was a corker -sorry did not see Cath Bowtell- would not know her if I saw her.
    What I do see all over Melbourne is posters of Adam Bandt and supporters.
    Thank God for the Greens.
    and Fitzroy Reds!

  2. Andrew Crook

    Sorry, I’m told there were a few typos in the email version. Fixed now.

  3. SBH

    Andrew, I wonder if she knocked on George Wright’s door?

  4. Shane Coghlan

    C’mon Adam Bandt šŸ™‚

  5. mexicanbeemer

    Cath Bowtell will make an outstanding MP for Melbourne.

  6. Michael Wilbur-Ham (MWH)

    If elected, Cath Bowtell will just sing from the Labor songbook in parliament. She will say nothing new. Her presence would make no difference.

    But if Adam Bandt was elected a new voice would be heard in the lower house.

    Liberal and Labor agree on so many things that Adam is needed to provide an alternative view.

    More of the same or a brand new voice? The choice should be obvious.

  7. Ianm104

    The ALP and the Australian parliament would benefit from Cath Bowtell’s common sense and integrity. Her voice will make a difference.

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