Phelps enters poll fray
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.