A mi­nor­ity Par­lia­ment could be on the cards, ac­cord­ing to polling in Went­worth

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A MI­NOR­ITY Fed­eral Par­lia­ment could be on the cards, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est polling in the Went­worth by-elec­tion.

The Voter Choice re­search, which sam­pled 736 vot­ers in the Syd­ney seat, puts in­de­pen­dent Ker­ryn Phelps on 55.4 per cent of the two-can­di­date pre­ferred vote, ahead of the Lib­er­als’ Dave Sharma.

The Lib­er­als need to re­tain the seat, pre­vi­ously held by Mal­colm Turn­bull, at the Oc­to­ber 20 by-elec­tion to hold on to their one-seat ma­jor­ity in Par­lia­ment. In pri­mary terms, Mr Sharma is sit­ting on 38.8 per cent, with Dr Phelps on 23.5 per cent and La­bor’s Tim Mur­ray polling 17.2 per cent. The poll has a three point mar­gin of er­ror.

If Dr Phelps, a pop­u­lar health com­men­ta­tor and lo­cal doc­tor, can get enough pref­er­ences from La­bor, the Greens and other in­de­pen­dent can­di­dates she will have a strong chance of win­ning.

So far more than 5000 Went­worth vot­ers have cast early votes. The polling came as Mr Turn­bull’s son urged Went­worth vot­ers not to back the Lib­eral Party.

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