Drum steps aside

May 27, 2016

caption: Victorian member for Northern Victoria Damian Drum has announced he will contest preselection for the National Party in the federal seat of Murray.

Nationals member for Northern Victoria Damian Drum has officially informed parliament of his resignation, that will take effect from today.

The former VFL/AFL player and coach is running for the party in the federal seat of Murray.

Victorian Nationals leader Peter Walsh said Mr Drum had been a great representative for Northern Victoria during his 14 years in parliament.

‘‘So many community projects, initiatives and investments are up and running today because of Damian Drum’s determined representation,’’ Mr Walsh said.

Mr Walsh said the party wished Mr Drum all the best in his bid to become the federal representative in the Murray electorate.

Odds favour Labor

Online bookmaker has Labor favourite to win 19 of Victoria’s 37 seats in July’s federal election.

The Coalition is favourite to win 16 seats, while Cathy McGowan (independent) and Adam Bandt (Greens) head up the betting in Indi and Melbourne, respectively.

According to markets, the seats expected to be close include McEwen, Batman, Murray, Latrobe, Dunkley, Corangamite and Deakin.

In Murray, 80 per cent of punters are backing Nationals’ Damian Drum ($1.60) to win the traditionally safe Liberal seat ahead of Duncan McGauchie, who has replaced the long-serving Sharman Stone as the Liberal candidate.

In Indi, Ms McGowan is considered a $1.15 favourite to retain the seat.

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