Wentworth a climate issue, says think tank

The Federal Government’s defeat in Sydney's inner east seat of Wentworth is punishment for its inaction on climate change, The Australia Institute (TAI) has said.

TAI conducted exit polling on the day of the election, and says that the Liberal primary vote collapsed primarily as a result of the community’s concern about the government’s support for coal and inaction on climate change.

“Prime Minister Scott Morrison once brought a lump of coal into Parliament, but his government’s climate-wrecking, anti-science stance has gone down like a lead balloon with the voters of Wentworth,” said Ebony Bennett, Deputy Director of The Australia Institute.

The polling found that Climate change and replacing coal with renewable energy was the biggest single issue motivating voters in Wentworth.

“The Wentworth by-election was a referendum on climate change action and it’s clear now that voters are willing to punish the government at the ballot box for their love of coal,”

“The surge of support for Kerryn Phelps shows the community campaign to Stop Adani is biting, even in the safest of safe Liberal seats,” said Bennett.

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