Hunt gets support from the right

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Disappearing Banks: Independent candidate for Flinders Julia Banks may not have been invited to hear the Health Minister, Flinders MP Greg Hunt promise taxpayers’ money for The Bays Hospital, Mornington on Friday 29 March, but her picture on a sign outside the venue made her presence felt. However, that reminder of someone wanting to take Mr Hunt’s position in parliament was nowhere to be seen after the announcement was made. Picture: Cameron McCullough

The right-wing political lobby group Advance Australia will be trying to influence the outcome of the Flinders electorate in the lead-up to the May federal election.

Held by Liberal MP Greg Hunt since 2001, Flinders is also being contested by his former Liberal colleague Julia Banks, now the independent MP for Chisholm; Labor’s Josh Sinclair; The Greens Nathan Lesslie; and independent Susie Beveridge, a former Mornington Peninsula Shire councillor.

Advance Australia says a members’ survey showed Flinders as being one of the seats chosen as in need of the organisation’s “attention”.

“We’ll be talking with voters about the dangers of voting for ‘independents’ backed by left-wing activists groups, and how mainstream Australian values need to be supported,” Advance Australia’s “team” told The News.

The left-wing lobby group GetUp! Has already stated that it sees Mr Hunt as a “target” and last week the Victorian Trades hall Council also announced it too would try to unseat him (“Union leaders out against Hunt” The News 3/4/19).

First published in the Western Port News – 9 April 2019

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