Taking the 100pc #renewables message to @TurnbullMalcolm in Wentworth for #ausvotes – @takvera

The Prime Minister’s electorate of Wentworth in Sydney played host to a Solar Citizens forum at Paddington Town Hall: the Wentworth 100 percent renewables forum. Former MP for Wentworth John Hewson turned up and gave the keynote address. Wentworth is one of the wealthiest electorates in Australia, but it also has the second lowest uptake of solar PV in Australia. The Paddington Town Hall was used for the forum and had a packed audience. Though Malcolm Turnbull, the member for Wentworth, couldn’t make it, the organisers kept a chair vacant on stage with his name on it. The Prime Minister was invited to a peoples forum up in Brisbane with […]

Turnbull bats away leadership question and talks up coalition team at Wentworth candidates forum

    By David Davis  August 15, 2013 With three minutes to go, all candidates except one were seated on the stage in the Paddington RSL in Sydney’s east. With one minute remaining, Malcolm Turnbull arrived and took his seat. A kind of hush fell over the room. The line-up at the Wentworth Federal Election Forum on Monday hosted by the local newspaper, the Wentworth Courier, was Malcolm Turnbull (Liberal), Di Smith (Labor), Matthew Robertson (Greens) Marsha Foxman (Palmer United Party) and Beresford Thomas (Christian Democratic Party) The candidates each made brief opening statements, then fielded questions emailed to the newspaper and took questions from the audience. The first o speak, […]

Labor’s campaign without an office in action at Kings Cross markets

By David Davis August 11 At 22 degrees and sunny, it was a beautiful day at the Kings Cross Organic Market in Sydney, more like spring than winter. The Saturday market is a weekly institution and a favourite meeting place for residents of Potts Point, Elizabeth Bay and Kings Cross. Locals such as Paul Keating and the “voice of rugby” Gordon Bray, have been seen pottering around the marketplace, along with tourists and neighbourhood characters in all their glorious diversity. The market serves up fabulous food including French crepes, Bavarian bratwurst, French cheeses and organic coffee – a coffee without a lid is intriguingly termed a “bare back”.  Fresh eggs, organic fruit […]

Di Smith’s Labor pitch in Wentworth

By Di Smith 30 July, 2013 People often ask me why I have put myself in what they perceive to be an impossible situation: pitting myself against someone who is respected, well liked and, according to some commentators, quite possibly the most popular politician in the country. There are also those that say nothing is at stake this election. That the choice between Labor and Liberal no choice at all. To those people I say, look closer. My name is Di Smith. I am an actor, an activist, a teacher and a campaigner. Most people who still recognise me from my acting career remember the years on A Country Practice, […]

Why Turnbull towers in Wentworth, from foggy bottom to shining shore

View Larger Map Wentworth Seat Profile By David Davis 28 July 2013 The electorate of Wentworth is home to Australia’s richest street, the spectacularly situated Wolsley Road in Point Piper. Mansions line glittering Sydney Harbour, and higher series BMWs and Mercedes effortlessly climb the steep hills receding from the shoreline. Meanwhile, in nearby Woolloomooloo, the sometimes foggy bottom of the electorate, sits the southern hemisphere’s largest centre for homeless men, the Matthew Talbot Hostel. Wentworth has Australia’s highest per capita income and is the nation’s smallest electorate at just 29 square kilometres. Steep cliffside stairs dating from colonial days separate the Aboriginal community in the public housing in Woolloomooloo from […]