Election 2022: Wentworth Climate 200 independent Allegra Spender lays out suspended parliament plan

The top independent candidate for Wentworth’s seat in Sydney has outlined what she will do if elected to a hung parliament.

High-profile ‘teal’ independent Allegra Spender is ready to negotiate with Labor or the coalition in the event of a hung parliament.

Independent candidates were asked who they would support if elected. None of the main parties won the 76 seats needed to form the government, and whether Scott Morrison would be the main obstacle to their support for the Coalition.

Ms Spender, who is hoping to oust Liberal Dave Sharma in the Wentworth seat in Sydney’s east, said she had no personal issue with the Prime Minister.

“I’m open to (supporting) him and open to negotiating with everyone,” she told ABC’s Insiders on Sunday.

Mr Morrison has tried to portray a vote for independents as a ‘vote for chaos’ as polls suggest moderate Liberals in several inner city seats are at serious risk of being defeated by Climate-backed candidates 200.

Ms Spender, a businesswoman and daughter of the late fashion designer Carla Zampatti, is one such candidate funded by the climate change fundraising vehicle.

She pledged on Sunday to put the interests of her local electorate first if elected on May 21.

“For me, this is what I can do to give a moderate, sensible, centrist government that looks after Australia’s long term,” she said.

“What I told the people of Wentworth is that I will negotiate with both sides if it comes to forming a government, but on one issue I will vote in the interests of Wentworth.”

Ms Spender promised to “consult widely” with the community as well as experts when voting on any future legislation.

“I think it’s crucial. It’s about bringing people and experts back into politics,” she said.

Like those of other Climate 200 candidates, Ms. Spender’s campaign platform centers on climate change and government integrity.

She called for a 50% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and said the target should not be inconsistent with a Conservative government.

“I think climate change is one of the biggest drivers in terms of what’s good for the environment, but it’s also a huge economic opportunity for Australia,” she said.

Ms. Spender and other independent candidates have called loud and clear for an independent watchdog of federal integrity.

But she would not be drawn Sunday to her thoughts on a $500,000 government grant for the Redleaf Beach bathing area in the upscale Wentworth constituency.

“I think we’re looking at corruption that is, you know, large scale and significant, and I’m not going to comment on that,” she said.

“We need an independent anti-corruption authority to identify what corruption is. We can do this very responsibly.

“It’s not appropriate for me to say it’s corruption or it’s not. I say it is the concern of the community.

Ms Spender also used her interview to call for an overhaul of the tax system, including considering raising the GST and changing the stamp duty, which she described as a “drag on the economy”.

Originally published as Independent Allegra Spender ‘Teal’ ‘open for negotiation’ in case of suspended parliament