Ab­bott bows out as War­ringah ‘votes for fu­ture’

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS -

THE wo­man who de­feated Tony Ab­bott in War­ringah says her grass­roots move­ment has proven there’s “no such thing as a safe seat in Aus­tralia”.

Zali Steggall, an Olympic skier turned bar­ris­ter, de­feated the for­mer prime min­is­ter in the north­ern beaches Sydney seat in a re­sult that La­bor la­belled a “slaugh­ter”.

“This is a win for mod­er­ates with a heart,” Ms Steggall said dur­ing her vic­tory speech.

“Tonight War­ringah has def­i­nitely voted for the fu­ture.”

Ms Steggall vowed to be a “cli­mate leader” who would hold the gov­ern­ment to ac­count when it came to tack­ling global warm­ing.

“I will push for real ac­tion, so our chil­dren and gen­er­a­tions to come can en­joy the en­vi­ron­ment and our beau­ti­ful beaches, and our beau­ti­ful coun­try, the way we en­joy it,” she said.

Ms Steggall paid trib­ute to Mr Ab­bott as a ded­i­cated and long-serv­ing mem­ber say­ing “I wish him well”. She con­cluded: “We have shown what a grass­roots move­ment can do. There is no such thing as a safe seat.”

With just over 50 per cent of the bal­lots counted at 9.30pm, Ms Steggall had 59 per cent of the two-party pre­ferred vote, com­pared with Mr Ab­bott on 41 per cent. Mr Ab­bott said he was “dis­ap­pointed” to have lost his seat.

“It’s dis­ap­point­ing for us here in War­ringah but what mat­ters is what’s best for the coun­try,” Mr Ab­bott said when con­ced­ing.

“I’d rather be a loser than a quit­ter.”

He later told Sky News: “At least I didn’t lose the seat as PM.”

His for­mer deputy, Julie Bishop, de­scribed the re­sult as “sad” but noted the for­mer PM didn’t match up with his con­stituents on cli­mate change and same-sex mar­riage.

“The Lib­eral Party will have to re­assess its po­si­tion on cli­mate change,” she told Nine News.

Prime Min­is­ter Scott Mor­ri­son, flanked by his wife Jenny Mor­ri­son and daugh­ters Lily Mor­ri­son and

In­de­pen­dent can­di­date Zali Steggall last night

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