Keneally shock pick for
Labor has enlisted former NSW premier Kristina Keneally to contest the Bennelong by-election, seizing on the “unexpected opportunity” to threaten Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s parliamentary majority.
The star candidate claimed underdog status yesterday but had a strong chance of wresting the northern Sydney seat from the Liberals on December 16.
The shock announcement of Ms Keneally’s candidacy came as Liberal John Alexander scrambled to renounce his British citizenship in time to recontest the seat, which he held by a 10 per cent margin before resigning on Saturday over his suspected dual citizenship.
Ms Keneally, who has been working as a Sky News presenter, said she had decided to run on Monday afternoon after a “persuasive” call from Labor leader Bill Shorten at the weekend.
Her entrance into the race turned nasty quickly, with senior coalition Government ministers criticising her association with
Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie resigns yesterday.