Nats’ Neoh

Prime Minister Tony Abbott with Warrnambool mayor Michael Neoh and Moyne Shire mayor Colin Ryan.WARRNAMBOOL mayor Michael Neoh will run as a National Party candidate in a bombshell announcement set to shake up the South West Coast by-election.
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A Liberal Party member and prospective candidateuntil only last week, Cr Neoh has revealed hemoved across to the National Party following top-level talks.

The junior Coalition partner this week endorsed Cr Neoh as its candidate, making him one of three declared contenders for the seat vacated by former premier Denis Napthine.

Cr Neoh said the National Party appealed to him because it had a track record of regional representation.

“The National Party have a 100-year-old history of standing up for rural and regional people and I wanted to be a part of their team,” the 49-year-old councillor said.

“I want to be a strong local voice for our region in the State Parliament. National Party values like investing in local roads, increasing job opportunities…they’re values I share.”

Cr Neoh indicated on the day Dr Napthine officially resigned as South West Coast MPthat he would run for Liberal Party pre-selection. However, he announced on Monday he had withdrawn from the race and said he was “keeping his options open”. He declined to say why he had left the Liberal Party.

National Party state leader Peter Walsh said Cr Neoh was an upstanding citizen.“Michael is a high-calibre candidate who has a track record of action and results,” Mr Walsh said.

Independent candidate Roy Reekie said questions remained over why Cr Neoh switched parties.“This looks and smells like desperation just to get elected as local member,” he said.

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