Nicolle Flint’s shock exit
BOOTHBY MP Nicolle Flint has announced she will not contest the state’s most marginal seat at the upcoming federal election.
Ms Flint last night dropped the bombshell news, saying it had been “an honour” to represent her constituents in the southern suburbs seat over two terms, but she would not renominate.
“I am grateful to them, and to my Liberal Party members, for giving me this opportunity,” she said.
“I will continue to work hard to serve my local community until the election.
“I will also continue to work hard on policy issues I have championed in my time in Parliament such as endometriosis, stillbirth, improved road and rail infrastructure, the arts and protecting Australia from foreign interference and predatory foreign investment.”
Ms Flint, pictured, also said she would support the candidate preselected by Liberal Party members to ensure the party was returned to office, “to guide our nation out of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond”.
Ms Flint is one of just 11 female Liberal MPs compared to 32 male MPs, and she is the only female Liberal MP representing South Australia in the lower house.
Elected to the House in 2016, Ms Flint held on to her marginal seat in 2019, although halved her margin when she suffered a swing against her of 1.3 per cent on a two-party preferred basis.
Ms Flint has endured a topsy-turvy time in parliament and has never been afraid to speak her mind on any subject, not matter how controversial. In July last year, she famously donned a garbage bag to call out “sexist rubbish” that women in politics are forced to put up with on a regular basis.
In a lengthy video, Ms Flint lists off a series of incidents she’s endured since entering federal politics, including being targeted by a male stalker and having her campaign office defaced with “skank” and “prostitute”. Ms Flint has been contacted for comment.