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India-origin businessman wins local election in Australia

India origin businessman wins local election in Australia pardesi news 1491894165

An India-born businessman has won a local election in Western Australia.

Mr. Kevin Michel, an India-born businessman and the Labor party candidate from Pilbara seat in Australia has defeated sitting candidate Brendon Grylls of Nationals Party, with a 13.7% swing in Labor’s favour.

The Western Australia state election was held on March 11 this year to elect members to the state Parliament; 59 seats in the Legislative Assembly and 36 seats in the Legislative Council.

Mr. Michel had campaigned on a platform of jobs, opposing Western Australia (WA) Nationals Party leader Grylls’ proposal for an increase in the iron ore production tax, according to media reports.  “Without the mining companies, there is no community,” Michel said during his election campaign. His main campaign platform was for creating jobs in the constituency, and he said after the result, “I was also fortunate to talk with Mark McGowan and highlight our Pilbara issues to him: local jobs, local contracts and community safety. We have a strong team in the Pilbara to fight for you.”

Michel was born in India, moved to Australia 27 years ago and to the Pilbara in 2001. He has been living in Karratha for the past 16 years and owns an air conditioning business.

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