Kelly O’Dwyer, Minister for Revenue and Financial Services, may face a preselection challenge as retribution for the Coalition’s superannuation policy.
Peta Credlin, formerly chief of staff to Tony Abbott when he was Prime Minister, is reportedly being encouraged to challenge O’Dwyer for the seat of Higgins. This is apparently motivated, at least in part, by the superannuation policies from the 2016 Budget which were legislated late last year.
Credlin labelled reports she had been approached to challenge Minister O’Dwyer as “ridiculous”. Though she was critical of how the superannuation policies were handled.
“Very few of the front bench could argue for them or even explain them,” she said.
O’Dywer has held the Victorian seat of Higgins since a by-election in 2009, following the retirement of Peter Costello. O’Dywer won 57.99% of the two party preferred vote at the 2016 election.
Minister O’Dwyer is currently on maternity leave.
Michael Kroger, president of the Victorian Liberal party, refused to publicly support O’Dwyer, saying he doesn’t comment on party preselections.