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All quiet on Labor front for Flinders Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au THE Labor party is yet to name its candidate for Flinders in the May federal election. Last week news broke that Tracee Hutchison would contest the seat held by Liberal Greg Hunt since 2001. But this week the Rosebud born broadcaster and journalist said she would not be a candidate. “There’s been much speculation over this past week about my reported foray into federal politics, unfortunately none of it has come from me and the story on your article [“Hunt under pressure of coup fallout” 5/2/19] about me being the Labor candidate is incor-

Birthday time: Lena Taranto celebrates her centenary with family and friends in Mornington last week. Picture: Yanni

Century of birthday wishes LENA Taranto has come a long way in a long time. The mother of three, who enjoyed a 100th birthday lunch for family and friends at a Mornington nursing home last week, was born in the town of Waltham, Massachusetts, US, on 7 February 1919. When she was just four her Italian family pulled up stakes and returned to Italy. Then, in 1927, they again set out “for a better life”, this time migrating by ship to Australia. Two more children were born in Melbourne with the family of seven

running a fruit shop in Glenferrie Road, Malvern. Money was “very tight”. While working there, Lena met the “love of her life”, Bartolo (Bob). They married in 1942 and had three children: Mary, Lawrence and Shirley. Daughter Mary last week said her parents “worked very hard” in other friends’ and family members’ shops before taking over a fish shop in Ormond. “This was a very happy time for Lena as everyone worked together employing many relatives,” Mary

said. After running the shop for some years the couple retired to the Mornington Peninsula where Bartolo enjoyed his favourite pastime of fishing and Lena “enjoyed cooking fish and chips for family and friends”. Mary said her mother “always kept busy and active and enjoyed her daily walks while she was able” during her years at Australian Unity Retirement Living Services, Booker Avenue. “She was very independent after Bob passed away in 2001.” Stephen Taylor

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rect,” Ms Hutchison told The News. The article mainly dealt with the candidature of former Liberal and still MP for Chisholm Julia Banks, and her reasons for wanting to oust Mr Hunt. “While it is true I have given this [standing for Flinders] serious consideration, and been flooded with local support and encouragement to run, I won’t be contesting the ALP pre-selection for the federal seat of Flinders,” Ms Hutchison stated in an email to The News. “A long career in journalism and broadcasting also means I’ve seen the impact of these decisions on those you love the most and this is just not the right time for me, or my family, to take this on.”

Candidate calls Red Hill home JULIA Banks, an independent candidate for the seat of Flinders in the May federal election, has “had the joy of being a part of the local community with warm caring and friendly residents who have a strong sense of community”. Ms Banks and her husband Michael have owned a property at Red Hill for the past 20 years and her parents lived in Mornington for many years. Her father died in 2007 and her mother moved to Melbourne “a couple of years ago”. In contesting Flinders Ms Banks – elected MP for Chisholm in 2016

while a member of the Liberal Party, but who has since left the party and declared herself an independent - is seeking to replace her former Liberal colleague Greg Hunt, who has held the seat since 2001. An article in The News last week (“Hunt under pressure of coup fallout” 5/2/19) incorrectly stated that Ms Banks’ children attended Red Hill Consolidated School and that her parents spent the last 15 years of their lives in Mornington. Ms Banks said that “our home” in Red Hill “has been and shall remain an irreplaceable part of our lives”.

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