A lasting message to Liberals
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”.