The Australian Women's Weekly - - In Brief -

THE WENT­WORTH BY-ELEC­TION was mere weeks away when The Weekly’s med­i­cal prac­ti­tioner, Pro­fes­sor Ker­ryn Phelps, an­nounced she would stand as an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date in the seat left va­cant by for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull. In that short pe­riod of time she se­cured an his­toric swing away from the govern­ment. At the time of writ­ing, Ker­ryn (pic­tured with daugh­ter Jaime Rose Cham­bers, Rob Cham­bers and grand­son Billy), was still await­ing con rma­tion she’d be head­ing to Can­berra to rep­re­sent the vot­ers of the Syd­ney seat. But the one thing that was clear was the peo­ple of Went­worth wanted an MP who wasn’t from one of the ma­jor par­ties.

“Be­fore I even thought about do­ing it, I had peo­ple stop­ping me in the street ask­ing me if I’d run be­cause they were look­ing for an al­ter­na­tive,” Ker­ryn says. “They were look­ing for a can­di­date in a sen­si­ble cen­tre. Some­body rea­son­able, with a safe set of hands that wouldn’t have to be an­swer­able to the hard right of the party.” One is­sue that came up con­stantly dur­ing the cam­paign was cli­mate change, she says. Res­cu­ing chil­dren and fam­i­lies trapped on Nauru is top of her agenda.

“It’s such an im­por­tant rst or­der is­sue.”

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