Phelps’ de­ci­sion to run in Went­worth a ‘gift’ for La­bor

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Ker­ryn Phelps’s de­ci­sion to run as an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date in the up­com­ing Went­worth by­elec­tion has been de­scribed by La­bor as a “gift”.

“We were hop­ing to put a dent in Went­worth but we have no chance of win­ning it,” a se­nior La­bor source said. “But this will tie the Libs up in knots for weeks, spend­ing money and re­sources over a seat they shouldn’t even have to worry about. There’s no ques­tion that she (Dr Phelps) is a gift for us.”

The for­mer pres­i­dent of the Aus­tralian Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion has been a trail­blaz­ing ad­vo­cate on ev­ery­thing from med­i­cal re­form to same-sex mar­riage.

She says it’s the fail­ure of the ma­jor par­ties on crit­i­cal is­sues such as cli­mate change and health­care that com­pelled her to throw her hat in the ring.

HOL­LIE ADAMS

Ker­ryn Phelps yes­ter­day

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