Sharma defends PM’s no-show at Wentworth | Liverpool City Champion
Wentworth MP Dave Sharma has backed Scott Morrison’s decision not to hustle with him in the marginal seat held by the Liberals as voting in NSW continues.
Blue Ribbon headquarters in Sydney’s east, held by Mr Sharma with a 1.3% margin, is under threat from so-called independent ‘teal’ Allegra Spender – a local business leader and energy advocate renewable.
Wentworth is one of several NSW seats at risk of falling to the Teal Independents, who are trying to wrest disgruntled Liberal voters in Saturday’s election.
The Prime Minister shunned Wentworth during the election campaign and instead Treasurer Josh Frydenberg appeared with Mr Sharma in the area.
Speaking in front of a voting booth in the electorate, Mr Sharma defended Mr Morrison’s decision to stay out of the seat, saying he had received plenty of support from senior cabinet ministers.
“He’s the prime minister. He’s the leader of our party, he has 151 potential voters to campaign for…he has to go where he can have the most impact,” Mr Sharma told Sky News.
Ms Spender voted at Double Bay Public School on Saturday morning with supporters cheering her on.
“I can be an independent who stands up for the values of this community,” she told the ABC.
Across the city, the two candidates vying to become prime minister cast ballots in their constituencies in Sydney.
Labor leader Anthony Albanese walked to Marrickville town hall, joking it was a secret when asked who he voted for.
“I like this seat (Grayndler) and this electorate, they have been very good to me,” Mr Albanese said.
“It’s a great honor to represent them.”
Mr Morrison traveled to Lilli Pilli Public School in Sydney’s south to vote in his Cook seat.
“I love this community. This community has given me so many opportunities,” he said.
“This community has greatly influenced my values.”
Meanwhile, in the Liberal seat of North Sydney, one of the “teal” independents, Kylea Tink, showed up to vote in her signature pink.
She hopes to usurp moderate liberal incumbent Trent Zimmerman, who holds the seat by a 9.3 percent margin.
“There are thousands of people in the North Sydney electorate who stand with me in this movement,” she told AAP on Saturday outside a polling station in Naremburn.
“People have the impression that the two big parties are more focused on their own internal politics.
“The community has made it clear that they want to see faster action on climate, they want an integrity commission, they want systemic inequalities addressed, and they want to see our economy to reorient itself so that it becomes focused on the future.
“We are ready to lead a new way of doing politics in this country.”
In the seat of Mackellar, north of Sydney, independent Sophie Scamps hopes to impeach liberal Jason Falinski, campaigning largely on climate and an integrity commission.
“It’s time to get the country moving again,” she told ABC TV on Saturday.
“We need a transparent and robust debate in Canberra and to sort out the corruption in our system.”
Mr Falinski told Sky News there was ‘no doubt’ his party was the election underdog.
In Sydney’s central west, in Reid’s seat, Labor Sally Sitou was hoping to oust Liberal incumbent Fiona Martin.
Ms Sitou told the ABC it was clear voters wanted action on climate change while raising concerns about the cost of living and housing affordability.
Further west in Fowler, high-profile Labor candidate Kristina Keneally made a final appeal to voters as she faces strong campaigning from Independent and Fairfield Deputy Mayor Dai Le.
“Here in Fowler especially with high unemployment rates, housing affordability issues, the cost of everything is going up, and we can do better than that,” she said outside a polling station.
Australian Associated Press