New Member for Wentworth

Dec 6, 2018

Dr Kerryn Phelps AM was sworn in as the member representing the electorate of Wentworth in Sydney. Dr Phelps was elected to replace the Hon Malcolm Turnbull after he retired from the Parliament. In her first speech she described the diversity of her electorate—‘Wentworth has one of the largest Jewish communities in Australia: many families fleeing here from Europe around the time of the Second World War; others coming from Russia or South Africa. There are the surfers, the yachties, the young families, the retirees, the business men and women and a large gay community.’

Dr Phelps noted that the decisions made in Parliament affect the lives of Australians and listed health, aged care, education, small business, climate change, gender equality, recognition of First Nations people, and the humane treatment of asylum seekers as some of her priorities. In conclusion, the new Member for Wentworth spoke of her hopes for the future—‘I want our parliament to unite us as a nation in equality, justice and opportunity. To achieve that, I will focus on the human experience that is generated by political decisions; a vision for the future we will be leaving for our children and our grandchildren.’