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City-Country Switch For Federal MPs As Roxon And Zahra Swap Seats

Two Victorian Labor MPs are to swap electorates and houses for one week to experience the difference between representing city and country electorates.

Nicola Roxon, the member for Gellibrand, and Christian Zahra, the member for McMillan, say the swap is designed to allow them to gain a practical understanding of the issues confronting their electorates.

McMillan is in south-eastern Victoria and includes the towns of Moe, Warragul, Wonthaggi and Yallourn. Gellibrand is in western Melbourne and includes the suburbs of Footscray, Sunshine and Williamstown.

Text of a statement from Christian Zahra and Nicola Roxon.

CITY–COUNTRY SWAP FOR FEDERAL MPs

Two Victorian Labor MPs, Federal Member for McMillan Christian Zahra and Federal Member for Gellibrand Nicola Roxon, will probably feel a bit like fish out of water this week.

In an Australian political first, the two young MPs – one representing a regional area, the other an inner city area – will ‘swap’ electorates and houses for one week, beginning today. [Read more…]