HERE IN THE #transitzone we have been examining and documenting the ‘Voices for’ movement around Australia, the phenomenon of centre-right, grassroots democracy candidates targeting Liberal Party incumbents in what are ostensibly blue-ribbon seats.
You’ve already met some of those candidates, all women, here in the Zone.
The launches of new independent candidates in these electorates continue apace. Celebrity candidate Allegra Spender, daughter of the late Carla Zampatti and wealthy Liberal blueblood John Spender, is the independent candidate for the affluent and diverse Sydney inner city seat of Wentworth. This electorate was held previously by John Hewson, Malcolm Turnbull and before the current Liberal incumbent, Dave Sharma, by independent Kerryn Phelps.
The large and diverse NSW rural and regional electorate of Hume – held by the federal Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction, Angus Taylor – now has an independent candidate too: Penny Ackery. Her candidacy was launched in Goulburn recently.
Margo Kingston – usually based at Comboyne in regional NSW – has hit the road for the #transitzone to observe some of the independent candidates’ launches and check out the candidates themselves.
She caught up with Penny Ackery on her rural property near Goulburn.
OPINION: Writer, Brett Evans at Inside Story online magazine: https://insidestory.org.au/the-battle-for-hume-heats-up/