Published On : Wed, Jun 8th, 2016

5 Indian-origin people among 200 candidates in Aus polls

australian-election-bettingMelbourne: Five Indian-origin people, including two women, are among the 200 candidates contesting for next month’s general elections in Australia.

In the House of Representatives all 150 seats will be contested, as well as the 76 Senate seats — the first time this has happened in an early election since 1987.

The Indian-origin candidates in the fray include two women of Indian background, 51-year-old Australian Sikh Alex Bhathal representing the Greens Party and 43-year-old Fiji Indian Lisa Singh of Labor Party.

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

39-year-old Mohit Kumar is the only India-born who is contesting the elections from Liberal party. He is a Faridabad resident who migrated to Australia in 1994 as an international student.