RUN­NING DEAD

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

HE vis­ited the seat of Brad­don no less than 14 times in the lead-up to the July by-elec­tion, while pop­ping in to Long­man on nine oc­ca­sions. There were seven vis­its to Ben­ne­long, four to Perth and two to Fre­man­tle. But so far, La­bor leader Bill Shorten has given Went­worth short shrift. The lack of the red shirt brigade sur­round­ing La­bor can­di­date Tim Mur­ray has prompted ques­tions from ob­servers if La­bor is run­ning dead. With in­de­pen­dent Ker­ryn Phelps not pref­er­enc­ing the party, it seems the only chance La­bor has of knock­ing off the Lib­er­als is to en­sure Mur­ray comes third. This would al­low his pref­er­ences to flow to Phelps, al­low­ing her bump off Sharma. The nec­es­sary se­quence of events has led to the bizarre sit­u­a­tion of the Lib­er­als want­ing La­bor to do well. La­bor re­cently ac­cused the Libs of tear­ing down their posters, but as a se­nior Lib­eral source told The Sauce: “That would make no sense. We ac­tu­ally need La­bor to do well to stop Phelps.”

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