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Australian voters are in a state of shock today, after Kerryn Phelps MP begins doing something that she was talking about doing before she was elected in early November.
The independent Member For Wentworth is leading a push from the growing parliamentary crossbench to evacuate refugee children and sick adults from Manus Island and Nauru.
As the former leader of the AMA, Phelps campaigned for a medical evacuation of unwell detainees, as per the advice of just about every doctor in Australia.
Phelps, who took her seat in parliament for the first time this week, was joined by crossbench colleagues on Thursday to announce the thing she promised to do.
She was joined by fellow independent Andrew Wilkie and greens MP Adam Bandt, plus senator Derryn Hinch, Tim Storer and Nick McKim.
Kerryn Phelps said it was “urgent” that refugees on Manus and Nauru receive better medical treatment, and this is something that she promised Wentworth voters that she would do before the election, so now she is doing it.
This kind of efficiency and commitment to an issue has rattled Australian voters, who are used to flat out being lied to by politicians, who end up doing fuck all after getting elected.
“What the fuck is going on?” asked one punter, Brian (60) from Capalaba.
“These politicians don’t operate like that. Who’s behind her? Who’s funding this?”
Another voter, Kaleene (44) thought that Kerryn Phelps might run out of steam soon, if she keeps working this hard.
“Slow down Kerryn!” she said.
“You’ll burn out if you overwork yourself like that”