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Last updated on July 13th, 2017 at 01:38 pm
An independent candidate [Dani Ecuyer] in one of the most crucial, marginal seats to be decided at the election says a senior reporter from The Australian tried to persuade her to direct her preferences to the sitting Liberal member, Malcolm Turnbull. Caroline Overington of The Australian emailed the candidate saying that Malcolm Turnbull would be a loss to the parliament – denigrating the value of the ALP’s George Newhouse as a potential MP.
Let’s hand all of Ecuyer’s 684 primary votes to Newhouse. That takes him from 22,889 votes to 23,573 … still substantially short of Turnbull’s 37,191. Didn’t turn out to be much of an issue, did it?
POST-ELECTION TURMOIL UPDATE:
Philip Ruddock today declared he would not be available to serve on the opposition front bench, joining Peter Costello and Alexander Downer as senior MPs who will no longer figure in the Liberals’ upper echelons.