Phelps was the Lib­er­als’ choice

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Pa­per and I voted for Dr Ker­ryn Phelps and gave her the sup­port I could (Paul Bon­giorno, “Went­worth falls”, Oc­to­ber 27–Novem­ber 2). While her suc­cess can be at­trib­uted to many causes, it must not just be at­trib­uted to voter anger about party-room treat­ment of Mal­colm Turn­bull (though I didn’t like it one bit). Rather, Dr Phelps should have been the Lib­eral can­di­date in the first place. She ticks key boxes for Went­worth. She is lo­cal and a high-achiever in the pri­vate sec­tor. She even has dogs – vir­tu­ally ev­ery­one in Went­worth has at least one pup, typ­i­cally two. While I do not agree with all of her pol­i­tics, I recog­nise that she is over­whelm­ingly rea­son­able, mod­er­ate, highly in­tel­li­gent and in­de­pen­dent. That is what many of us look for in our rep­re­sen­ta­tive. Went­worth also has a his­tory of elect­ing MPs who have been highly suc­cess­ful in the pri­vate sec­tor: Turn­bull was a suc­cess­ful lawyer and mer­chant banker; Peter King was a lawyer; and Dr John Hew­son an econ­o­mist. Dr Phelps was the first woman pres­i­dent of the Aus­tralian Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion and shares this tra­di­tion of suc­cess. John Howard never should have med­dled in our elec­tion. On the other hand, Scott Mor­ri­son’s favourite, Wool­lahra coun­cil­lor Kather­ine O’Re­gan, would have won hand­ily. Dr Phelps may not have even chal­lenged if Ms O’Re­gan was the party choice.

– Harry Melko­nian, Vau­cluse, NSW

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