Curtin election a three-woman race as Labor chooses former Fremantle MP

Melissa Parke. Photo: Getty
Melissa Parke. Photo: Getty

FORMER Fremantle MHR Melissa Parke is the Labor Party candidate in the race for former foreign minister Julie Bishop’s seat of Curtin at the pending Federal Election.

“Curtin electors deserve the opportunity to vote for a progressive person who believes in action on climate change, marriage equality, support for the ABC, science, the arts, animal welfare and good governance,” Ms Parke said.

At the 2016 election, Labor got 29.3 per cent of the two-party preferred vote in the electorate which, while dominated by wealthy western suburbs, has mortgage belts in its north and the inner-city fringes in its east.

A former UN lawyer, Ms Parke was the international development minister for three months during her nine years as the port city’s Canberra MP.

She criticised her party’s offshore detention policy as a “festering wound” when she left in 2016.

Ms Bishop’s Liberals, which hold the seat by 21 per cent, will be represented by former Notre Dame University vice-chancellor Celia Hammond, and Peppermint Grove multimillionaire businesswoman Louise Stewart has put her hand up as the social-moderate liberal independent.

The highest-profile man in the race so far is the Green’s Cameron Pidgeon, who described himself as a “stay-at-home dad” from Mosman Park.

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