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Last updated on August 6th, 2017 at 02:03 pm
To its credit, this time around the ALP is running its novelty candidate in a marginal seat:
Former ABC journalist Maxine McKew will run against Prime Minister John Howard in the seat of Bennelong at the next federal election.
Ms McKew joined the ALP recently and is working for Labor leader Kevin Rudd. Mr Howard’s seat is marginal and Ms McKew would need a swing of around 4 per cent to win it. She says Labor needs to claim those sorts of seats if it is to win Government.
Ex-Labor minister Gary Punch told ABC radio this morning that McKew would win due to demographic changes in Howard’s seat. “They hate him,” Punch claimed, speaking of the area’s Asian residents. We’ll see.