Turn­bull wary of Ke­neally

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS -

FOR­MER NSW pre­mier Kristina Ke­neally yes­ter­day an­nounced she will take on Lib­eral MP John Alexan­der in the Ben­ne­long by-elec­tion, set­ting up a high-pro­file show­down and cre­at­ing a ma­jor headache for the Prime Min­is­ter.

She’s been ac­cused of be­ing the pup­pet pre­mier of NSW with the back­ing of the now­jailed Ed­die Obeid and Joe Tripodi, who was found to be cor­rupt by ICAC, in a des­per­ate at­tempt to stop La­bor bleed­ing votes, but lost in a land­slide in 2011.

Speak­ing from Manila, the PM said Bill Shorten’s sup­port for Ke­neally has echoes of a judg­ment made by the no­to­ri­ous Obeid.

“She’s Bill Shorten’s hand­picked can­di­date, so ob­vi­ously Ed­die Obeid and Bill Shorten have formed the same view about Kristina Ke­neally,” Mr Turn­bull said.

“Don’t let Kristina Ke­neally do to Ben­ne­long what she did to NSW.”

Mr Alexan­der was forced to sen­sa­tion­ally quit Par­lia­ment be­cause he sus­pects he holds Bri­tish cit­i­zen­ship.

But Ms Ke­neally (pic­tured) was born in Las Ve­gas in the US and, while she may have re­nounced her for­eign cit­i­zen­ship, she hasn’t been able to lose her Amer­i­can ac­cent.

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