5 NRI candidates in Australian polls

Alex BhathalFive NRIs, including two women, are among the 200 candidates contesting for next month’s general election in Australia.

The women are Australian Sikh Alex Bhathal, 51, representing the Greens Party, and Fiji Indian Lisa Singh of the Labour Party. Also contesting from the Labour Party is Shashi Bhatti, who migrated from India in 1989, and Chris Gambian, an Australian born to Indian parents from Bangalore.

Mohit Kumar, 39, is the only NRI who is contesting the elections from the Liberal Party. He is a Faridabad resident who migrated to Australia in 1994 as an international student. He said it was his consistent hard work that paid off for him to win the party ticket and it is imperative for Indians to join the high offices of the country and be a part of policy making. True multi culture comes from having a fair representation at all levels including government, parliament, business and other areas, he added.

Gambian said he joined the Labour Party when he was 16-years-old and thought it was a Party of social justice and fairness.