Phelps throws hat in ring for PM’s blue-rib­bon seat

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

HIGH-pro­file doc­tor, Ker­ryn Phelps, has been po­lit­i­cally ac­tive for most of her ca­reer, but at 60-years-old is ready to en­ter Par­lia­ment in Mal­colm Turn­bull’s old seat of Went­worth.

The for­mer Aus­tralian Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent’s bid to be elected as an In­de­pen­dent in the wealth­i­est seat in the coun­try comes at what she de­scribes as a “crit­i­cal mo­ment in time for Aus­tralia” where vot­ers are sick of the “po­lit­i­cal cir­cus” en­gulf­ing par­lia­ment.

“This is a time for the Aus­tralian peo­ple to send a mes­sage to Can­berra that they need to re­think the way pol­i­tics is done,” she said. “They need to be think­ing less about pow­er­plays and fac­tional back­stab­bing and more about what they’re there to do which is to man­age the Aus­tralian econ­omy and to dis­play some heart.” The City of Sydney coun­cil­lor (pic­tured) ad­mits it will be tough to win, but says: “I’ve never been shy of a chal­lenge.”

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