With just over a month to go 'til the federal election, the Liberal Party finally have a candidate for the seat of Reid in Sydney’s inner west, ending months of uncertainty and hand-wringing. Fiona Martin, a child psychologist, is likely to today get the blessing of the party’s state executive. Come May this gives her the chance to succeed Craig Laundy, a former Turnbull government minister, who announced he would be retiring at the election.
Held on a thin 4.7% margin, winning Reid is crucial to the Coalition’s chances of retaining government. Can Martin, Scott Morrison’s long-awaited star candidate give them the edge?