The battleground of the Upper Hunter byelection: ‘Easy for candidates to shoot themselves in the foot’

The battleground of the Upper Hunter byelection: ‘Easy for candidates to shoot themselves in the foot’

The Guardian

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Parties scramble to play the underdog in a NSW byelection that will be fought on gender, jobs, coal and climate

A sex scandal involving a NSW government MP has led to a byelection in the seat of Upper Hunter that will be fought over coal; climate; the competence of the premier, Gladys Berejiklian, to manage Covid; and whether Jodi McKay is seen as a capable alternative leader.

The byelection was called after Nationals MP Michael Johnsen was forced to resign after being accused of raping a sex worker at a secluded lookout in the Blue Mountains – an allegation he has denied.

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