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Green groundswell in Boothby could end 70 years of Liberal race


“There was a void there. The focus was on the big end of town,” she says.

Boothby sprawls over 115 square kilometers of mainly middle-class south Adelaide suburbs including Colonel Light Gardens, a handful of more working-class suburbs such as St Marys and Marion, and pockets of more affluent seaside suburbs including Brighton and Glenelg. Extremely affluent suburbs near its eastern boundary include Kingswood, Springfield and Netherby.

Ecolateral’s stores in Brighton and Blackwood are both in Boothby, and Stott says the environment and cost-of-living increases are at the heart of his customers.

“Every time we talk about the environment, it’s a political conversation,” she says.

Big problem

“Environment and doing a lot more on climate change is a big deal. Housing affordability and cost of living pressures are another. 5% to 30% in recent months.“We tried to absorb the last round of increases,” says Stott.About 25% of Ecolateral’s sales come from the Internet.

Boothby Liberal MP Nicolle Flint is retiring from politics after two terms. She used her last speech to call for greater protection of women in federal parliament from offensive and intimidating behavior, and also strongly criticized major social media platforms for not doing more to prevent harassment and abuse. in line.

With Flint retired, Boothby’s Liberal candidate is medical researcher Dr. Rachel Swift. She is a Rhodes Scholar who completed a doctorate in clinical medicine at the University of Oxford.

The Labor Party candidate is Louise Miller-Frost, who was the chief executive of the charity St Vincent de Paul Society and had earlier in her career been patroness of Catherine House, an accommodation and service provider emergency for homeless women.

An independent contestant, Jo Dyer, director of the Adelaide Writer’s Week component of the Adelaide Festival of the Arts from 2019 to 2022, is also in the spotlight. Dyer was a strong public defender of a late friend, Kate, who accused former federal cabinet minister Christian Porter of rape in the late 1980s. Porter strenuously denies the allegations and is retiring from politics himself.

Dyer is part of a group of independents running for various seats across Australia focusing on climate change and establishing a Federal Integrity Commission, backed by campaign groups ‘Voices Of “.

Crushing victory

Election watchers such as Haydon Manning, an assistant professor of politics at Flinders University, are looking closely at whether there will be any residual fallout from the landslide state election victory of Peter Malinauskas, who became prime minister on March 19. . He ousted Steven Marshall as prime minister after just one term. of a liberal state government. Liberal SA Infrastructure Minister Corey Wingard lost his Gibson seat in the SA election, and he sits in the heart of Boothby.

“Overall, Labor should finally break through in Boothby,” Manning said.

But he thinks Labor leader Anthony Albanese’s blunder in being unable to report Australia’s unemployment rate could have a bigger sway than Labor hopes because it is at the heart of economic management.

“It’s mind-boggling that he couldn’t get it right,” he said.

Manning thinks strong grassroots and door-to-door campaigns could still sway “swing voters” who switched stripes in state elections. He says some voters may have shrugged off accumulated anger and grumbling over the COVID-19 pandemic during the state ballot, with national issues now more at stake.

Manning says a chaotic four months when the omicron wave came just as state lines opened Nov. 23, as well as the re-emergence of state Liberal Party factional issues over the past six months. of a four-year term, were the two big factors behind Marshall’s demise in the state election.