Phelps en­ters poll fray

The Northern Star - - NATION -

HIGH-PRO­FILE Syd­ney doc­tor Ker­ryn Phelps, pic­tured, has urged vot­ers to put the Lib­eral Party last af­ter con­firm­ing she’ll run as an in­de­pen­dent for Mal­colm Turn­bull’s for­mer seat of Went­worth.

But the Syd­ney City Coun­cil­lor and 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 Lib­eral party has never lost the seat lo­cated in Syd­ney’s east­ern sub­urbs. Dr Phelps says she has a steep hill to climb given the govern­ment holds the seat with a 17 per cent mar­gin but says there’s a strong fol­low­ing for the for­mer prime min­is­ter, who was ousted from the job in late Au­gust. “The peo­ple here are frus­trated, an­gry and in de­spair about what hap­pened to Mal­colm Turn­bull,” the lo­cal doc­tor told re­porters yes­ter­day. “They don’t want to see this con­tin­ued re­volv­ing door of lead­er­ship.”

Dr Phelps said vot­ers knew Mr Turn­bull sup­ported ac­tion on cli­mate change, mar­riage equal­ity and mak­ing Aus­tralia a repub­lic but the hard right of his party re­stricted his abil­ity to speak out on those is­sues.

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