Liberals play blame game over Wentworth loss

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It's the first time in their 117-year history the Liberals have lost the Wentworth seat, showing the depth of voter reaction to Australia's latest change of leadership without the people having their say.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg recently wrote a piece for The Australian pointing out that at least 8,000 Wentworth residents would be adversely affected by the plan (in what was likely a not-so-subtle message to Phelps should she beat the Liberal Party's Dave Sharma).

Phelps' lead of more than 54 percent under Australia's voting system - which allocates voters' second preferences if no candidate secures a majority - shrank Sunday to just over 50.61 percent, or 884 votes over her Liberal rival. It is hilarious that some in the Liberal Party, trying to distract attention from their own folly, criticised Mr Turnbull for quitting his seat and even for not campaigning on their behalf.

"The resettlement options should be explored, and New Zealand is an extremely good option, and definitely something I would like to look at".

The ballot was propelled into worldwide prominence after Morrison sought to garner support from Jewish voters, who account for 13 percent of Wentworth's electorate, by suggesting Australia could recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move its embassy there from Tel Aviv.

While the government now has pledges of confidence from some crossbenchers, they would be in a strong position to demand concessions in a hung parliament.

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Ms Cathy McGowan, a member of the ruling government who resigned to sit as an independent, said she expects a meeting between the five lawmakers and the Prime Minister to happen on Monday.

"To actually see the Labor Party going backwards I think is reflective of the public's mood towards Bill Shorten", Sydney Liberal MP Trent Zimmerman said on ABC. "We are in the sensible centre right of Australian politics", he said.

Morrison said earlier in the week that Australia was open to moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a move widely viewed as an attempt to win over Jewish voters in Wentworth, who make up around 12.5% of the electorate.

Now he will have to negotiate with independents and the opposition to pass every piece of legislation between now and the next federal election, which is expected in May, though Morrison can call one sooner. "Liberal voters expressed their anger at the parliamentary Liberal Party. and we copped that fairly on the chin", Mr Morrison said.

"Everywhere I went in the streets in the eastern suburbs, somebody would come up to me and say, 'Would you please have a run at Wentworth?'", Dr Phelps told ABC TV on Sunday. "The events of two months ago angered and outraged many Liberals and particularly those in the seat of Wentworth". "The next election is due in May next year, and that's time enough", she told Insiders yesterday. "I think she'll be very influential".

She told Sky News Mr Morrison's job was about to get a heck of a lot harder, and his government would struggle to seem legitimate.

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