Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed this morning that a Federal Election will be held on May 18, 2019.
Here is the list of the candidates known so far for the electorate of Ballarat.
Greens Party - Karen McAloon
Ms McAloon has a Diploma of Applied Science in Hotel Management and spent some time working in the hospitality industry. After gaining qualifications in disability studies she started to teach in the not-for-profit sector, and has worked as a trainer with jobseekers, homelessness people and refugees. She has also worked as a human rights advocate for people with disabilities.
Ms McAloon is based in Hepburn with her husband and two teenage sons and runs the Overwrought Gallery and Sculpture Garden on the Midland Highway at Blampied.
Read The Courier's profile of Karen McAloon's from The Courier.
Independent - Nick Shady
Describing himself as a "conservative with a social conscience", Mr Shady is a Ballarat-based grain grower. He says his politics are a mixture from both sides of the political spectrum - and he is standing as an independent as he doesn't "want to be ringing someone at head office asking if I can say this or that."
He says he would like to see a halt on immigration to Australia until infrastructure has caught up with the population. He also believes Australia has lost control of its natural resources. He stands on a platform of lobbying to ban coal and gas exports, stop offshore gas and oil exploration and investigate why foreign-owned companies pay so little tax.
Labor Party - Catherine King
The incumbent MP has held the Ballarat seat since 2001. She would become the longest serving MP in the history of the Ballarat electorate if re-elected this time. Currently she serves as the shadow minister for health and defeated the 2016 Liberal candidate Sarah Wade with a swing of 2 per cent. She has previously worked as Minister for Regional Services and Minister for Road Safety, and was a cabinet minister for a short time prior to the defeat of the Labor Party in the 2013 federal election.
Before moving into politics, Ms King was a social worker and research officer.
Liberal Party - Timothy Vo
The Courier does not currently have much information about Mr Vo, apart from the details outlined on his official Liberal party page, where he says his greatest passion is rural education. He is studying for a Bachelor of Education at Federation University. On his page he says he supports the Ballan Blues football team and has helped disadvantaged students improve their learning.
The Courier has approached the Liberal Party and Mr Vo for an interview.
National Party - no candidate
The National Party is not standing a candidate in Ballarat for the 2019 election. The Courier has asked the Nationals why they have chosen not to put anyone forward and will update this page as soon as we know.
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