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5 Indian-origin candidates contesting in Australia’s general elections

Australian Sikh Alex Bhathal (r) representing the Greens Party and 43-year-old Fiji Indian Lisa Singh of Labor Party

Melbourne, June 8 (UITV)- On May 8, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had announced that Australia will hold election on July 2, barely eight months after he ousted his predecessor Tony Abbott, promising to revive the sluggish economy.

Five Indian-origin candidates, including two women, are among the 200 candidates contesting the next month’s general elections in Australia. The Indian-origin candidates in fray include two women of Indian background, 43-year- old Fiji Indian Lisa Singh representing the Labor Party and 51-year- old Australian Sikh Alex Bhathal of Greens Party.

39-year- old Mohit Kumar is the only India-born who is contesting the election from Liberal Party. The Faridabad resident, who migrated to Australia in 1994 as an International student, said it was his consistent headwork that paid off for him to win the party ticket.

“True multiculturalism does not come from lip service or attending Indian events. It also comes from having a fair representation at all the levels,” Kumar said.

Chris Gambian, an Australian born to Indian parents from Bangalore and Shashi Bhatti, who migrated from India in 1989, are also contesting the election from Labor Party.

Chris Gambian said, while there was a low representation of Indians in the Australian politics more Indian background people should become its part.