Phelps stands in Turn­bull seat


HIGH-pro­file doc­tor Ker­ryn Phelps has been po­lit­i­cally ac­tive for most of her ca­reer but at 60 is ready to en­ter Par­lia­ment in Mal­colm Turn­bull’s old seat of Went­worth.

The for­mer Aus­tralian Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent’s bid to be elected as an in­de­pen­dent in the wealth­i­est seat in the coun­try comes at what she de­scribes as a “crit­i­cal mo­ment in time for Aus­tralia”, where vot­ers are sick of the “po­lit­i­cal cir­cus” that’s en­gulf­ing Par­lia­ment.

“This is a time for the Aus­tralian peo­ple to send a mes­sage to Can­berra that they need to re­think the way pol­i­tics is done,” she said.

“They need to be think­ing less about power plays and fac­tional back­stab­bing and more about what they’re there to do, which is to man­age the Aus­tra- lian econ­omy and to dis­play some heart.”

Pro­fes­sor Phelps, pic­tured, will be joined by wife Jackie Stricker-Phelps, whom she wed in New York in 1998, and their daugh­ter Gabi when she an­nounces her can­di­dacy for the Oc­to­ber 20 by-elec­tion, pitch­ing her views as eco­nom­i­cally re­spon­si­ble and so­cially pro­gres­sive. “I rep­re­sent the sen­si­ble cen­tre,” she said, cit­ing is­sues such as health, cli­mate pol­icy, life­long ed­u­ca­tion, aged care and a strong econ­omy.

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