Alexandra Kaur Bhathal

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Alexandra (Alex) Kaur Bhathal is an Australian Greens candidate for the Australian House of Representatives Division of Batman, in the 2016 Australian Federal Election.[1][2] She has been a Greens candidate in Australian federal and Victorian state elections since 2001.[3][4]

Bhathal is also the founding convenor of the Global Greens Women's Network[5] and a former International Co-Secretary of the Australian Greens.[6]

2001–2013 federal elections[edit | hide all | hide | edit source]

Bhathal contested the seat of Batman in the 2001, 2004, 2010 and 2013 federal elections;[7][8][9] and the Australian Senate seat of Victoria in 2007 federal election.[10]

Bhathal has stated that the 2001 Tampa affair was her motivation for joining the Greens and standing for the 2001 federal election.[11][12] In this election, against Australian Labor Party (ALP) incumbent Martin Ferguson, Bhathal received a primary vote of 11.6%, placing her behind the ALP and Liberal party candidates.[13]

In 2004, Bhathal again stood for Batman against Ferguson, again running third with 13.9% of the vote.[14][15]

In 2007 Bhathal was placed in the third position on the Australian Greens' Senate ticket, and was not elected.[16]

In 2010, returning as a Greens candidate for Batman, Bhathal finished second to Ferguson, increasing the Greens' first preferences vote to 23.5% (6.3% more than in 2007).[17] With the Liberal Party directing preferences to the Greens in Batman, Bhathal received 42.1% of the vote after preferences, losing the election.[18][19] In analysing the 2010 election results, Bhathal's increasing vote in Batman was cited as one of the examples of Greens threatening the Labor Party's "inner-city heartland" by ABC commentator Ben Eltham [20]

In 2013, Bhathal again stood for Batman, while Senator David Feeney, a so-called ALP faceless man, was preselected by the ALP to replace the retiring Ferguson.[21][22] Public discussions within the ALP about the appropriateness of ″parachuting″ Feeney over local female candidates into candidature for the safe Labor seat[23][24] plus polling within the seat contributed to media speculation about possibility of Bhathal winning Batman if she received Liberal preferences in line with the 2010 election.[25][26][27] Bhathal's primary vote rose to 26.4% — including winning the majority of votes in all four booths in the suburb of Northcote, in the south of the division, for the first time [28]— but with the Liberal Party recommending preferencing of the ALP over the Greens, Bhathal did not win.[29] In analysing the 2013 election results and the influence of Liberal Party preferences on the Green vote, ABC political analyst Antony Green opined that ″had the 2010 preference flows applied in 2013, then the Greens would have won the Melbourne seat of Batman.″ [30]

2016 Federal election campaign[edit | hide | edit source]

Bhathal launched her 2016 election campaign for Batman in February 2016.[31] By May 2016, media commentators discussed the possibility of the seat of Batman being the Greens′ ″best chance″[32] to win in the upcoming election in addition to retaining the neighbouring electorate of Melbourne, because of electoral demographic and boundary changes and Bhathal's longstanding candidature in the area.[33] Political journalist Latika Bourke has stated that the Greens are ″aggressively targetting″ Batman,[34] and Bhathal has stated that her 2016 campaign has been better resourced than in previous years.[35][36]

The likelihood of Bhathal winning the election were considered by many commentators to have increased when it was revealed that Feeney, who had publicly spoken against negative gearing, had failed to disclose an investment property.[37] [38][39][40][41][42][43]

The need for the Liberal Party to direct preferences to the Greens ahead of the Labor Party has been recognised as an important factor contributing to whether Bhathal wins the seat.[44] Claims were made in the media that the Liberal Party were ″on the brink″ of a deal with the Greens to preference Bhathal over Feeney in Batman in exchange for the Greens not issuing preferences in key Liberal seats.[45][46][47] Bhathal denied that a preference deal had been done with the Liberal Party.[48] In May 2016, contradicting the the claims of Greens Leader Richard di Natale that the Greens did not commission polling, emails from the Greens Batman campaign manager requesting polling were leaked, although Bhathal denied knowledge of this[49]

Bhathal was part of the Greens party launch of a policy to increase Australia's intake of asylum seekers to 50,000.[50] An advocate for same–sex marriage,[51] she has confirmed her campaign would use of the gay dating app Grindr for campaign advertising ahead of the 2 July election [52]

State elections[edit | hide | edit source]

Bhathal has been a Greens candidate for the Victorian Legislative Council electorates of Northern Metropolitan Region in 2014,[53] and 2010;[54] and Jika Jika in 2002 [55]

Background and career[edit | hide | edit source]

Bhathal is a qualified social worker[56] who has lived in the northern Melbourne suburb of Preston since the 1990s.[57] She lives with her partner and two sons.[58][59]

Bhathal an Indian Australian[60] whose father was a migrant from India and became an Australian citizen when the White Australia Policy ended.[61][62] Bhathal identifies as a Sikh–Australian[63] and has been a speaker at Australian Sikh community events [64][65]

References[edit | hide | edit source]

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