A clear majority of voters in the electorate of Wentworth want children on Nauru to be brought to Australia for medical assessment, and 55% say they would be more likely to vote for a candidate who could deliver that outcome, according to a new poll.
A poll commissioned by the Refugee Council of Australia says 65.4% of a sample of 870 Wentworth residents want children on Nauru brought to Australia, supporting a recent public intervention to that effect by the Australian Medical Association and other medical groups.
The poll also suggests climate change is a significant issue in the byelection, which could cost the Morrison government its one-seat majority in the House of Representatives.
Climate change topped a list of issues influencing the votes of local residents on 20 October, ranking ahead of the economy and hospital funding, and 62.3% of the sample said they would be more likely to vote for a candidate with a credible plan to tackle climate change.
The Anglican rector, Geoff Broughton said “The Anglican church has grave concerns about the kids trapped on Nauru.”
“We need to hear from all the candidates what they plan to do to ensure the safety of these kids and their families.”