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Victorian MP Cathy McGowan To Quit Politics

Victorian independent MP Cathy McGowan will retire from politics after her supporters anointed rural health researcher Helen Haines to replace her.

McGowan, 65, on Monday announced she will not contest her northeast Victorian seat of Indi at this year's federal election.

"It's time to pass on the baton. Helen Haines is an excellent candidate and is ready to go," McGowan told reporters in Wodonga.

More to come.