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FULL INTERVIEW: Ex-ALP member Nomi Kaltmann announced as 'teal independent' candidate

It comes as more parties apply for registration with the VEC.

Nomi Kaltmann, a lawyer and former ALP candidate, has been chosen by Voices of Caulfield to run in the Liberal-held seat of Caulfield.

Kaltmann has previously worked for former minister Marsha Thomson and Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus, and was a member when she was approached by the group.

It's understood she retained that ALP membership until last week.

The seat is currently held by deputy Liberal leader David Southwick on a 0.1% margin, but a recent redistribution has made it notionally Labor.

Kaltmann told 6 News that "it's possible that if I wanted to run as a Labor candidate...this election, I could have," but said she wasn't approached this year.

"In 2018, there was some discussion held."

When asked why she stayed as a party member until last week despite Labor 'losing her' in 2019, Kaltmann said she thinks her membership automatically renewed.

Another independent was also announced in the past 24 hours, with Carol Altmann set to challenge Liberal MP Roma Britnell in the marginal seat of South-West Coast.

It came as 4 more parties applied for registration with the Victorian Electoral Commission today.

Those parties are:

  • Legalise Marijuana Party

  • Restore Democracy Sack Dan Andrews Party

  • FUSION: Science, Pirate, Secular, Climate Emergency

  • Australian Federation Party

It wasn't immediately clear whether the Legalise Marijuana Party was related to the Legalise Cannabis Party, which also put in a separate application for registration on July 28.

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