High-profile former ABC journalist Zoe Daniel has announced a tilt at politics.
Daniels will take on incumbent Liberal MP Tim Wilson in the blue ribbon Melbourne seat of Goldstein.
The former reporter worked in various roles including as a foreign correspondent in a journalism career spanning almost 30 years.
Daniel listed integrity in politics and climate change action among her key priorities.
“We deserve better, and we can no longer wait,” she said on Thursday.
Daniel is the latest in a group independent, female candidates who are aiming to oust Liberals’ in inner city seats, and will be supported by local community group Voices for Goldstein.
The Hampton resident worked most recently as the ABC’s US bureau chief based in Washington.
— Zoe Daniel (@zdaniel) November 25, 2021
Having covered bushfires in Australia and California, the aftermath of super storms in Southeast Asia, hurricanes in the US and cyclones in the Pacific, she said she was deeply concerned the federal government wasn’t taking stronger action on climate change.
“I’ve been that reporter on your TV, delivering bad news – and it’s not fake,” she said.
“We the people of Goldstein can do something about it, if we use our voices, our votes and be independent.
“It’s what we do in the next three years that matters and your voice matters.”
Daniel has joined a small group of integrity and climate-focused female independent candidates contesting Liberal seats, including Allegra Spender in Wentworth and Kylea Tink in Warringah.
In response to the news, Mr Wilson, who has held the seat since 2016, said there were “single issue candidates” than run at every election.
“Each election there’s single issue candidates hoping they can get a hung parliament to create uncertainty and hold the nation hostage; this puppet candidate is no different and we know there’s shadowy Labor and Greens activists pulling the strings,” Mr Wilson said.
“Talk is cheap, it’s action that counts and my record of delivery is resolutely: stopping the retiree tax and the China Extradition Treaty, cutting taxes, exposing corruption in the superannuation sector, delivering marriage equality and now Australia’s first comprehensive economy-wide plan for carbon neutrality.”
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