Olympian Steggall in bid to oust Abbott

Australia

Former world champion skiier Zali Steggall has announced she will contest Tony Abbott’s seat of Warringah as an independent in the federal election.

The former slalom world champion and 1998 Winter Olympics bronze medal winner from Manly, Sydney, now works as a barrister.

Ms Steggall says she has decided to stand as independent to give the people of Warringah a voice from “the sensible centre”.

“I support sensible centre economic policies for a strong, stable economy and will resist proposed changes to negative gearing, franking credits and capital gains tax.”

Ms Steggall said in a statement her policy priorities include effective climate strategy, the economy, health care, and improving politics.

“The most common concern is the lack of action on climate change,” she said.

“People are also worried about the state of politics in this country, the lack of compassion on human rights, how rising congestion is disrupting our commutes, mental health and domestic violence.”

On Tuesday, Alice Thompson, a former adviser to Malcolm Turnbull, also announced she would contest Warringah as an independent.

Indigenous activist Susan Moylan-Coombs announced she would run as a candidate in December, while high-profile commentator Jane Caro was also reported to be considering nominating.

The seat has voted conservative since 1922 and Mr Abbott, who first won the seat 25 years ago, holds it with a margin of about 15 per cent.

He faced nine opponents at the 2016 election.

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