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Wentworth frontrunners Dr Kerryn Phelps and Dave Sharma have outlined sharply different ballet box blueprints as the race for a spot in the 46th parliament kicks off.
Incumbent independent MP Kerryn Phelps says climate change will dominate the election while her Liberal rival Dave Sharma will run on a platform of “strong economic management”.
When asked by The Wentworth Courier, Dr Phelps highlighted renewable energy as a key issue in her campaign.
The former AMA president and practising GP also put an end to the Medicate rebate freeze, reviewing changes to complementary health and collaborating with members from all parties at the forefront of her agenda for a full term.
Dr Phelps said: “This is a climate change election, I strongly oppose the Adani mine and the use of any public money to underwrite new coal assets or prop up ageing coal fired power stations.
“I support policies that encourage investment in renewable energy as we transition to a clean energy future.”
Mr Sharma said winning the trust of voters came down to tackling housing affordability, building a strong economy, “responsible” action on climate change and protecting our natural environment.
“Building a stronger economy also means backing small businesses, encouraging start-ups and innovation, pursuing trade and export opportunities, building infrastructure, and keeping taxes low — to encourage hard work, saving and enterprise.”
But on more local issues the pair shared plenty of common ground. Dr Phelps and Mr Sharma back restoring cardiac services at Sydney Children’s Hospital.
“If elected I will work closely with the state government to ensure that the Sydney Children’s Hospital at Randwick can provide the same clinical services as Westmead,” Mr Sharma said, in what amounted to the first time a Liberal has backed doctors over the issue.
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