Labor star Kristina Keneally falls behind local independent candidate in early results – after she was parachuted in instead of a talented Vietnamese-Australian lawyer
- Kristina Keneally could lose a traditional Labor safe seat to an independent
- The insertion of Ms Keneally in the seat was resoundingly unpopular with voter
- Ms Keneally was a shock preselection over a local Vietnamese candidate Tu Le
Early results show Kristina Keneally is in trouble in the seat of Fowler – which the ex-Premier and Labor luminary was parachuted into instead of a local candidate.
The south-west Sydney seat of Fowler has been a traditional Labor safe seat since it was created in 1984, but the selection of ‘drop in’ Keneally could see the party lose the seat for the first time ever.
The ABC is projecting independent and Deputy Mayor of Fairfield Dai Le is ahead in the seat – but is yet to make a firm prediction.
The former NSW Premier (pictured) looked confident early on Saturday as she attended polling centres in the seat of Fowler
Ms Le trails not far behind the former New South Wales Premier on first preference votes – with a massive 26 per cent early swing.
In a two-party-preferred metric based on preferences, independent Dai Le leads 51 to 48 per cent.
Ms Keneally until recently lived on Scotland Island on the city’s northern beaches – far from the seat which centres on Cabramatta in Sydney’s south-west.
Ms Keneally was chosen by the Labor executive over talented local Vietnamese-Australia lawyer Tu Le.
At the time the young lawyer blasted the Labor Party for crushing her dreams of becoming a federal MP representing her local community.