DREAM CAN­DI­DATE, GABY’S NIGHT­MARE

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - THE SAUCE -

STATE En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Gabrielle Up­ton is set to face a se­ri­ous chal­lenge for her bluerib­bon seat of Vau­cluse, with La­bor and the Greens pre­par­ing to pref­er­ence a high-pro­file in­de­pen­dent.

Reg­is­tered nurse Miriam Guttman-Jones, a for­mer Waver­ley coun­cil­lor, is be­ing en­cour­aged to nominate for the east­ern sub­urbs seat, which Ms Up­ton holds with a 22 per cent mar­gin. The Greens ate away at the mar­gin at the last state elec­tion, nar­row­ing it from 31.4pc.

A se­nior La­bor source said Ms Guttman-Jones, a prom­i­nent mem­ber of the Jewish com­mu­nity, could be pushed across the line with pref­er­ences.

In 2015 Ms Guttman-Jones re­vealed her fam­ily’s har­row­ing Holo­caust story.

Both her Pol­ish-born par­ents sur­vived Auschwitz but their 18month-old daugh­ter (Ms GuttmanJones’ elder sis­ter) was shot dead by the Nazis. Ms Guttman-Jones was born in Is­rael and the fam­ily came to Bondi as refugees in 1955.

Ms Up­ton, who has held the seat since 2011, has had a rocky term with her of­fice tak­ing the blame for the bun­gled con­tainer de­posit scheme, plus our rev­e­la­tion of her turnover of 13 min­is­te­rial driv­ers, with a for­mer ad­viser later re­port­edly de­scrib­ing the

of­fice as “toxic”.

Miriam Guttman-Jones.

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