High-profile foreign correspondent Zoe Daniel has left her 30 year career behind to challenge a Liberal incumbent in a blue-ribbon Melbourne seat.
Ms Daniel, who spent three decades with the ABC including spearheading the broadcaster’s US bureau during the Donald Trump presidency, will contest Tim Wilson’s strangehold on the Goldstein seat in the city’s metropolitan Bayside area.
The former journalist will run on a platform of ‘climate and integrity’, following the trend of independent female candidates running in key Liberal areas.
‘I look at my kids and the friends they bring home and I think what’s life going to look like for you guys if none of us actually do anything?’ she told The Age.
‘If not us, then who? And if not now, when?’
High-profile foreign correspondent Zoe Daniel (pictured) has left her 30-year career behind to challenge a Liberal incumbent in a blue-ribbon Melbourne seat
Ms Danie will contest Tim Wilson’s (pictured) strangehold on the Goldstein seat in the city’s metropolitan Bayside area
Ms Daniel, 48, who spent the last decade of her career working in Washington DC as the ABC’s chief US reporter, feels she has the experience from working across continents to bring a unique perspective to the region.
She’s covered bushfires in California and Australia, cyclones and hurricanes in the USA and around the Pacific, and believes the world is at a crossroads in terms of its survival.
‘My 14-year-old son said to me, “mum, you know, you can change something for us by stepping up to that table”,’ Ms Daniel said.
The former reporter also lamented the lack of action under state and federal Liberal governments on climate change and said reform can start from the lowest levels of politics.
‘The people of Goldstein know that that’s happening too, and they really want more substantive policy on this,’ she said.
‘It remains a moral issue, but it’s also now an economic issue if we want to continue the prosperity that we’ve had in Australia.’
Ms Daniel, 48. who spent the last decade of her career working in Washington DC as the ABC’s chief US reporter, feels she has the experience from working across continents to bring a unique perspective to the region
The 48-year-old, who lives in Hampton in Melbourne’s Bayside area, will fight Mr Wilson for the seat that represents suburbs including Brighton and Bentleigh.
After deep discussions with her family, including 14-year-old son Arkie and daughter Pearl, 13, she decided to run against the five-year seat holder.
She’s already earned support from philanthropist David Rothfield, and counts former Liberal John Hewson and Fraser government member Ian McPhee as part of her team.
Ms Daniel has raised $100,000 in donations so far and will receive ‘fund-matching’ support from Simon Holmes a Court’s Climate 200 group.
She admitted she has voted for her rival in the past, but said like many people in the area, she was sick of him supporting the agenda of ministers like Barnaby Joyce and Craig Kelly.
‘I’m nobody’s puppet, just ask my children, and in fact I have voted for Tim Wilson,’ Ms Daniel said.
‘But he’s proved a disappointment to me and many other Goldstein residents, especially on climate change where, when it comes to the crunch, he’s voted just like Barnaby Joyce, George Christensen and Craig Kelly.’