Former Nick Xenophon Team MP and now Centre Alliance candidate Rebekha Sharkie has received a “huge” boost in the race to win the 28 July Mayo by-election after Labor and the Greens placed her second on their how-to-vote cards with Liberal candidate Georgina Downer placed last.
This has come as no surprise to the Conservative Party after the Turnbull government reported Ms Sharkie voted with Labor 58 per cent of the time during 304 divisions in the House of Representatives since the 2016 election.
The Australian reports, the ABC’s election analyst Antony Green said the preferences would be “hugely” beneficial for Ms Sharkie, who in 2016 as an NXT candidate won the safe Liberal seat off Jamie Briggs on preferences.
“Labor’s going to finish third and the Greens fourth. Sharkie and Georgina will finish first and second in some order. Labor and the Greens preferences will be distributed and delivered to Sharkie, as recommended,” Mr Green said.
Conservative Party South Australian Senate candidate Rikki Lambert has told Adelaide radio station FIVEaa, Georgina Downer is more closely aligned to the Conservative Party than the 'Centre Alliance' candidate and incumbent Rebekah Sharkie. Mr Lambert says the closing weeks of the by-election should be focussed on policy differences, not identity politics.
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