Bridgewater's Kelly Vincent looks set to become a national first
24 March 2010
At the age of 21 Bridgewater actor and playwright Kelly Vincent is on the cusp of reaching several political milestones.
The Dignity 4 Disability Party candidate is a strong chance to win a seat in the SA Upper House after Saturday’s election.
That would make her the youngest woman elected to any Australian parliament – and the first wheelchair user to be elected to SA’s Parliament.
The final vote tally for the Upper House won’t be known for several weeks but it appears enough support is flowing through for the Party to give Ms Vincent, its number two candidate, a seat in the Legislative Council.
The number one candidate, Dr Paul Collier, died earlier this month following a brain haemorrhage but his name remained on the ticket.
The potential new Member of the Legislative Council (MLC) said she didn’t have the words to describe the grief she and others in the Party felt at Dr Collier’s passing.
Ms Vincent had met the well-known advocate at various disability rights conferences and he approached her to be his back-up candidate.
“I was going through my emails just the other day and I found the one Paul Collier sent when he first asked me to become involved, about three months ago, and I had to have a bit of a laugh because he said ‘you wouldn’t actually have to do much’,” she said yesterday.