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.