South West Sydney
Andrew McDonald’s future uncertain
MP Linda Burney, Dr Andrew McDonald Campbelltown North Diversity Project
McDonald, a local doctor, has at times shown frustration with the machinations of the Labor Party power brokers and been candid with his electorate even when it has put him at odds with public figures in his Party. This may have been in difference in Macquarie Fields, with McDonald suffering only a 10.6% swing against him, a normally disastrous figure but in the context of this election and with disenfranchised Western Sydney voters punishing Labor hardest, it has to be seen as positive result which reflects the McDonald’s local standing.
Whether it will be enough to save McDonald remains to be seen.
The Liberals Sam Eskaros was likewise a strong candidate, a Coptic Christian who migrated to Australia from Egypt more than 20 years ago, Sam is a local school teacher and well connected in the community and some commentators declared on Saturday nights election coverage that Sam had won the seat, only to backtrack later when more booths put the result in doubt again.
The final outcome is likely to come down to postal votes.