What do the locals think of Kristina Keneally's run for Bennelong?

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 07:52:43 AM. The ABC hits the streets to hear what the locals think about former premier Kristina Keneally running for the seat of Bennelong

NSW premier Kristina Keneally speaks to media during a press conference in Sydney on April 16, 2010. Photo: Kristina Keneally led Labor to its worst sate election defeat ever in 2011. (AAP)

She once famously said in parliament that she is "nobody's girl", but could she in fact be the right candidate for the seat of Bennelong?

Yesterday former NSW premier-turned-TV-political-commentator Kristina Keneally announced she will stand as the Labor candidate in the Bennelong by-election next month.

She will be going up against former tennis player John Alexander, who held the north Sydney seat for seven years, but resigned on the weekend due to dual citizenship concerns.

Ms Keneally says the electorate "deserves better than the Liberals are giving it", but what do the locals think?

Shane Layburn

Shane Layburn Photo: Shane Layburn thinks John Alexander has done enough in his time to just get over the line against Kristina Keneally. (ABC News: Nour Haydar)

"He [John Alexander] does a lot for the community and charity so that's where I'll be voting, but Kristina Keneally, she's a worthwhile candidate."

"Over time the margins have been dwindling here but I think John's done enough within the community, he puts himself out there and highlights what he has been doing and what's been going on in the area — I think he will get over the line.

"She'll give him a run for his money and it'll be interesting and I think it'll be rather close.

"John Alexander has probably done enough but I suppose what's happening now with citizenship and other issues within the Liberal ranks its probably not going to help him too much."

Narelle Scott

Narelle Scott Photo: Narelle Scott does not feel it makes any difference whether the Bennelong member is Liberal or Labor. (ABC News: Nour Haydar)

"Labor or Liberal they've got the same sort of things — the policies are pretty much the same, it just depends on who's there.

"I don't [know Kristina Keneally] I'm trying to picture her in my head... I'm all for women getting into higher spots so it should be a good thing."

Sue Hapek

Sue Hapek Photo: Sue Hapek said she appreciates what Kristina Keneally stands for. (ABC News: Sue Hapek)

"I'm really interested in Bennelong and I've just enrolled to vote, having relocated from Adelaide three weeks ago.

"I admire her [Kristina Keneally] very much — her strength and conviction in what she believes in.

"I think there will be a swing because everyone is just so unhappy with the state of affairs at the moment. It's only 9 per cent that's needed and I think that is quite possible."

Wenxi Wong

Wenxi Wong Photo: Wenxi Wong would like to see the citizenship issue put aside so politicians can focus on bigger issues. (ABC News: Nour Haydar)

"We just relocated to this area about a year ago and I've always voted Liberal.

"I don't think that [dual citizenship] should be an issue, they should be judged based on their merit, their political views, their vision for the Australian people.

"They really need to think about the big picture, about how to make this country more competitive in the world market and diplomatically ... commercial development and infrastructure improvement they should really work on those kinds of things rather than play political games."

Beth Slater

Beth Slater Photo: Beth Slater has had good experiences with both candidates and is yet ot decide which way she will vote. (ABC News: Nour Haydar)

"I think Kristina Keneally is amazing, I like her.

"I see her on a lot of shows on the night time and I agree with things she says, so I'm happy about that and I'm thinking about that.

"I have had dealings with John Alexander's office ... being an older woman I was having trouble with the electricity and I got in touch with the office and they got onto it straight away — it's really good dealing with John Alexander, and he's a very decent man.

"I'm not set, I'm a swinging voter."

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