Scott Morrison admits Liberals are heading for defeat in Wentworth

Elias Hubbard
October 20, 2018

That favoritism was justified with ABC election analyst Antony Green calling the result for Dr Phelps just 78 minutes after polls closed.

A ReachTel poll published on Wednesday showed that Sharma's primary vote was falling with three days to go before polling on Saturday and that the Liberals were in danger of losing the traditionally ultra-safe seat in Sydney's affluent eastern suburbs.

Mr Turnbull has been largely absent from the public eye during the campaign, which was triggered when he resigned from Parliament following his ousting as prime minister.

"It is obviously a devastating night for the Liberal Party", Mr Zimmerman said.

According to the bookies, Dr Phelps, a City of Sydney councillor and former president of the Australian Medical Association, is a firm favourite at $1.33 while Mr Sharma is at $3.

The benefactor was doctor and independent candidate Kerryn Phelps, who capitalised on the voter discontent.

However, she added: "I don't think anyone can afford to be overly confident because we don't know what the outcome will be".

Mr Morrison, joined by his deputy Josh Frydenberg, said the government would "work constructively with all those on the crossbench".

"Liberals are angry and they have expressed that".

Climate change protesters confronted Wentworth Liberal candidate Dave Sharma at a polling station in Rose Bay as voters head to the polls for today's crucial by-election.

"I know, I was in the Parliament".

"When I took this job, I said there would be tough days and great days".

There is some clear dissent from voters on the ground over the Mr Turnbull's dumping as the nation's leader.

A defeat would prove hugely embarrassing to Mr Morrison, who even floated the idea of moving the Australian embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem - upending decades of Australian foreign policy - in a bid to woo Wentworth's Jewish voters.

The former prime minister might not have been present in Wentworth today but his spirit was, as an activist donned a giant head resembling the ex-Member for Wentworth.

" His lack of action on climate change". The fact that he restored funding to Catholic and independent schools, but not public schools, the continued cuts to healthcare, all of these things smack of a government that is run by the hard right of the Liberal Party and that's not mainstream.

Mr Turnbull's son Alex tweeted that it was a "great day for Australian democracy".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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