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Returning to Josh Frydenberg’s press conference in Sydney, the treasurer was asked about members of his party who were challenged by high-profile independents backed by the Climate 200 funding group.

As regular readers of this blog will know, Liberal MPs like Dave Sharma and Tim Wilson are being challenged by so-called “teal” independents running on a platform for more action on climate change.

Josh Frydenberg has taken aim at independent candidates backed by the Climate 200 funding group.

Josh Frydenberg has taken aim at independent candidates backed by the Climate 200 funding group. Credit:alex ellinghausen

Frydenberg himself is being challenged by an independent candidate in the May 21 election (Dr. Monique Ryan, director of neurology at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne).

During his press conference, the treasurer accused the Teals of operating like a political party in all but name.

“Strings are being pulled elsewhere,” he said, referring to the funding provided by Climate 200.

“[They’re] treat the community like mugs. The reality is that these phony independents are not telling their communities how they would vote in a hung parliament. And a hung parliament is a real possibility.

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“We have seen this movie before. It was chaotic. Imagine trading… with every crossbencher [on every single piece of tax reform]. It would be chaotic. These are the decisions the Australian people need to consider on May 21.”

Climate 200-backed independents like Kylea Tink say that in the event of a hung parliament, they will meet with the leaders of the two main parties and determine which side is more prepared to tackle climate change faster and take more action on climate change. integrity in politics.

In Tink’s case, he has recognized that his electorate leans conservative economically and therefore most of his supporters would lean toward the Coalition. Others, like Acting Tasmanian Independent MP Andrew Wilkie, say his communities lean more Labor.

During today’s press conference, Frydenberg accused climate independents of “running on a Labor platform”, referring specifically to his challenger for the Kooyong seat (who was briefly a member of the Labor Party despite initially telling the journalists who was a “clean political skin”).

While Ryan was at one point a member of the Labor Party, that is no longer the case. In relation to Goldstein’s Melbourne seat, independent candidate Zoe Daniel has never been a member of any party and was previously a correspondent for ABC (and says she has been a swing voter). At Wentworth, independent candidate Allegra Spender is the daughter of former Liberal Federal MP John Spender.

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