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Zali can take Warringah as I took Wentworth, writes Kerryn Phelps

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27.01.2019

The federal seats of Wentworth and Warringah are neighbours without a land border, separated by the spectacular stretch of water that provides the grand entrance to Sydney Harbour. Both have national parks as you enter the Heads, followed by prime waterfront real estate stretching as far as the eye can see.

Zali Steggall launches her run for Tony Abbott's seat, Warringah, on Sunday. Credit:Brook Mitchell

On the outer edges of both electorates there are world-famous beaches including Bondi and Manly and the Aussie beach culture that comes with it. In many ways, the seats are remarkably similar. I should know. I was born at Manly Hospital, grew up on the northern beaches and was a GP in Mosman before setting up a practice in Double Bay 20 years ago.

In electoral terms both have traditionally voted Liberal at a federal level, but last year’s Wentworth by-election showed that the mood had changed because of dissatisfaction and, frankly, disgust with the incumbent Coalition government.

So it definitely piqued my interest when I heard that former Olympic medallist and world champion Zali Steggall would put her hand up to run in Warringah against former prime minister and formidable campaigner Tony Abbott. Like me, she represents the sensible centre, the large part of the electorate that feels completely betrayed and abandoned by the current Liberal........

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