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Kerry Phelps’ Reflection on Elections

By JOHN MOYLE Kerryn Phelps is used to running for elections, whether it be the first woman to head the Australian Medical Association, as councillor for the City of Sydney, or as the history making game-changer in the Wentworth by-election. Throughout her long public life, she has maintained ‘the sensible centre’ along with an approach […]

Independents’ success offers silver lining

BY MERRILL WITT The newly elected Prime Minister Scott Morrison credited the “quiet Australians” for the Coalition's surprising election win. But the campaign to dislodge Independent Kerryn Phelps from the formerly safe Liberal seat of Wentworth was anything but quiet. In the final few days leading up to last Saturday’s election, Wentworth voters were bombarded […]

Coalition keeps the house

By ALLISON HORE As the final results roll in for last weekend’s federal election, a clear Lower House win has been delivered to the Coalition, despite all polling in the lead up suggesting it would be a Labor win. Across the country, four Labor seats were turned over to the Liberal party, and only one […]

Dominic’s Green policy for Wentworth

BY VANESSA LIM Greens candidate for Wentworth and Deputy Mayor of Waverley Council Dominic Wy Kanak has propelled his federal campaign by labelling the federal election, a “climate action election”. The Greens’ campaign launch for the upcoming federal election has focused on taking action against climate change. Mr Wy Kanak emphasised that climate change has […]

Backlash prompts review of therapies

BY ALANA LEVENE The Liberal National Government announced on Sunday it will reconsider a ban on private health cover for more than a dozen natural therapies — less than a week after the ban’s implementation set off an intense backlash. The Department of Health decided to stop funding private health insurance cover for 16 natural […]

The Small Business Party aims for Senate

By Allison Hore After an unsuccessful bid for the seat of Wentworth in last month's by-election, the Small Business Party has set its sights on the NSW state election. Twice elected independent Sydney councillor Angela Vithoulkas founded the party earlier this year to advocate for small business owners who she believes major parties overlook. "The […]

Can sortition sort WestConnex?

BY PETER HEHIR If there is one thing that is certain about the WestConnex debacle it’s the fact that in spite of its overwhelming unpopularity it seems there is no possibility of relief. Not on the political front at any rate. The real tragedy for us all is that both major parties wholeheartedly support this […]

The Bondi Local Takes on the Title of Wentworth

  Deputy Mayor of Waverly Council, Dominic Wy Kanak has been selected by The Greens as the candidate for the Wentworth electorate after a by-election was announced for the seat. The Greens officially launched Councillor Wy Kanak’s campaign for the seat of Wentworth in August during the leadership spill which saw former Prime Minister, Malcolm […]

The business of being independent

BY ANGELA STEVENS   For the first time in 60 years the seat of Wentworth might go to a non-Liberal, and while this probably says more about what’s gone on in Canberra than the quality of the candidates, independents and single issue party candidates have picked up on the scent of an opportunity. One of […]

A vote for Phelps is a vote for small “l” liberalism

BY MARGO KINGSTON   I celebrated Malcolm Turnbull’s ascension to Australia’s leadership by publishing a photo on Twitter of my mother and I toasting him with champagne. “Small l liberalism” - socially progressive, economically dry, environmentally green - was on the rise again in the Liberal Party. Turnbull held the line as best he could […]