Clare O’Neil to contest the Victorian seat of Hotham

A 32-YEAR-OLD Harvard-educated former mayor will contest the Victorian seat of Hotham for the Labor Party.

The Australian Labor Party national executive unanimously elected Clare O'Neil, who was mayor of the City of Greater Dandenong, to replace Geoff Lake, who was dumped on the weekend after it came to light he abused a woman in a wheelchair 11 years ago.

Hotham is regarded as a safe Labor seat and has been held by former party leader Simon Crean since 1990.

Andrew Turnour was elected unopposed to replace ALP candidate Ken Robertson in the north Queensland seat of Kennedy, held by Bob Katter, after he described Opposition Leader Tony Abbott as "racist" last week.

Mr Turnour is an engineer who contested Kennedy in 2010, winning just 20.21% of the vote.

"I am pleased they will now join Labor's team fighting for a positive plan for Australia's future," ALP national secretary George Wright said in a statement.

Topics:  federal election 2013 labor victoria

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