Another shock win for the teal independents as Liberal MP Jason Falinski LOSES his seat in huge upset
- Teal Independent candidate Sophie Scamps is the new member for Mackellar
- Replaces Jason Falinski, who represented the seat in Sydney’s north since 2016
- In Warringah, Zali Steggall cruised to victory against Liberal Katherine Deves
Liberal MP Jason Falinski has lost his seat, with teal independent Sophie Scamps the new member for Mackellar on Sydney’s northern beaches.
Ms Scamps snared 53.9 per cent of the vote as of 9pm on Saturday, stunning rival Falinski, who has represented the seat since 2016.
‘People have said all along how enthusiastic and passionate our volunteers were,’ a jubilant Ms Scamp said as the news filtered through.
Teal independent Sophie Scamps is the new member for Mackellar on Sydney’s northern beaches
When he voted at Collaroy Public School, dumped Mackellar MP Mr Falinski reminded people that a vote for him was a ‘vote for a strong economy and secure future’ (pictured with wife Nichola)
‘This is a win for democracy.’
Ms Scamps has amassed strong community support in the lead up to the election by placing focus on climate change.
She has also pledged to address housing affordability and mental health services for young people.
Her victory comes after fellow teal independent Zali Steggall cruised to victory over Liberal Katherine Deves in the seat of Warringah.
Meanwhile, fellow independents are ahead over Liberal bigwigs Josh Frydenberg in Kooyong and Tim Wilson in Goldstein – both in Victoria.
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