Articles on Wentworth byelection

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Craig Kelly - wearing a T-shirt with the face of Robert Menzies. on it - told the ABC he would not defect to the cross bench. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Malcolm Turnbull accuses his critics of “paranoia”

Malcolm Turnbull has struck back angrily at a report that he has been helping independent Kerryn Phelps, his successor in Wentworth, as chaos continues to fracture the Liberals.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison concedes the Liberals lost the byelection in Wentworth on Saturday night- but postal votes have added uncertainty to the outcome. AAP/Dan Himbrechts

Wentworth byelection called too early for Phelps as Liberals recover in late counting

After election night reports of a thumping win in by independent Kerryn Phelps, the Liberals have recovered significantly in postal votes - so much so, the result is now uncertain.A
Campaigning in Wentworth, Liberal candidate Dave Sharma, appearing at a candidates’ forum, denounced discrimination against teachers, and said the 2013 law should be changed. Dean Lewins/AAP

View from The Hill: Conservatives may come to regret stirring hornets’ nest of religious freedom

Some Liberals who agitated for action on religious freedom might be starting to appreciate that the best stand for a conservative can sometimes be to just leave things alone.
Announcements are pouring out in what is already a faux election campaign, with the government at the weekend unveiling nearly $52 million to Headspace for youth mental health. David Mariuz/AAP

Coalition trails 47-53% in Newspoll, as Ipsos finds 74% oppose law discriminating against gay students and teachers

The latest national polls come just days out from Saturday's Wentworth byelection, which will determine whether the Coalition is forced into minority government.

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