A last­ing mes­sage to Lib­er­als

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News - LUKE COSTIN

PROM­I­NENT in­de­pen­dent Ker­ryn Phelps wants vot­ers to put the Lib­eral Party last, af­ter she con­firmed a tilt at Mal­colm Turn­bull’s former seat of Went­worth.

But the former Aus­tralian Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent says, if elected in the Oc­to­ber 20 by-elec­tion, she won’t be a desta­bil­is­ing pres­ence and has guar­an­teed she won’t block gov­ern­ment sup­ply.

The Lib­er­als have al­ways held the east­ern Syd­ney seat, win­ning the last elec­tion with a 17 per cent mar­gin.

Dr Phelps, a cur­rent City of Syd­ney coun­cil­lor, says she has a steep hill to climb to win.

But she said many lo­cals strongly fol­lowed the former prime min­is­ter, who was ousted from the top job three weeks ago. “The peo­ple are frus­trated, an­gry and in de­spair about what hap­pened to Mal­colm Turn­bull,” the lo­cal doc­tor (pic­tured) said.

“They don’t want to see con­tinue this re­volv­ing door of lead­er­ship.”

Dr Phelps said vot­ers knew Mr Turn­bull sup­ported ac­tion on cli­mate change, mar­riage equal­ity and other is­sues but the hard right of his party re­stricted his abil­ity to speak out on those is­sues. She promised to be vo­cal on those is­sues.

Dr Phelps urged vot­ers put the Lib­eral Party last to send a mes­sage that “Can­berra needs to be a voice for the peo­ple”.

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