Topic: election Oz 2007
Good on ya George for having a serious go in Wentworth. We remember grovelling a 5% vote in 1996 or so for the same seat, crashing from a 10% vote for the state seat of Vaucluse in 1995.
That was the year George Newhouse was elected to Waverley Council with Barbara Armitage running the shop, then later Mayor Paul Pearce current state MP for Coogee.
$omething tells me it will be a quixotic challenge. If Peter King MHR couldn't withstand a $600,000 reputed [a reader "Peter" writes in comments below $609K] pre selection campaign by Big Malcolm Turnbull, I don't think an ALP rep even with George's impeccable Jewish credentials, will shift him.
But I could be wrong. That's what democracy is about, and this front page story today won't hurt:
THE eastern suburbs mayor and human rights lawyer George Newhouse is firming to challenge Malcolm Turnbull in his marginal seat of Wentworth as part of Kevin Rudd's push to hand-pick Labor candidates for key seats.
And if Mayor Newhouse distracts and annoys Big Mal bleeding him of precious time and energy it can only help the Rudd Team nationally.
But still methinks light green Newhouse has a stronger chance of organising, if not running for, the local ward byelection for the ALP previously held by Richard Davidson (Lib) as per this notice doing the rounds, with launch tomorrow night May 2nd
You are invited to our
By-election campaign launch.
George Newhouse Mayor of Waverley, Cr. Ingrid Strewe
The Waverley Labor team
to our campaign launch at the Bronte SLSC, Bronte Beach (north end).
When – Wednesday 2nd May 2007
At - 6.30pm for 7pm
$25 or $15 unwaged.
Drinks at the bar and finger food.
Election 19 May Waverley Ward
The critical aspect of a Wentworth contest could well be the Green Party primary and preference votes in this indy leaning, well educated part of the city.