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Abbott's sister wants to take Turnbull's seat

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Tony Abbott’s sister Christine Forster wants to be the Liberal candidate in Malcolm Turnbull’s soon-to-be-vacated Sydney seat as several big names jostle for the plum position.

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Forster today confirmed she intends to run for Liberal pre-selection in Wentworth after being encouraged by several people within the party to replace the ousted prime minister.

Turnbull is yet to announce his resignation from the harbourside seat but told reporters last week it won’t be long.

“It’s a difficult situation and I don’t want to be seen to be disrespecting Malcolm – who I do respect,” Forster said today.

The City of Sydney councillor said she had a strong record of championing Liberal Party values at a local government level.

“I think as someone with local credentials and a strong track record of strong liberalism, I feel they are the types of candidates we want in any seat,” Forster said.

“I’ve been strong in espousing and representing Liberal values in the city of Sydney.”

Businessman and former Australian ambassador to Israel Dave Sharma is said to be the frontrunner to replace Turnbull as the Liberal candidate.

NSW MP Alex Greenwich and health advocate Dr Kerryn Phelps are also both considering running as independents.

Waverley Deputy Mayor Dominic Wy Kanak has been announced as the Greens candidate for the seat.

Tamarama Surf Lifesaving Club president and local businessman Tim Murray will run as Labor’s candidate.

– AAP

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