The Liberal candidate for the December 5 Bradfield by-election is Paul Fletcher. He's eminently qualified for Federal Knesset... sorry, Parliament: "'I was involved in student politics at Sydney University, and while I was there, I was selected by the Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS) to go to Israel', he told The Australian Jewish News. Since that 2-week trip in 1986, Fletcher has returned once to Israel, in 1999 with Howard government communications minister Richard Alston. 'The main purpose of the trip was to visit a number of high-tech companies', he said. 'It was interesting to see the success of Israel and its innovation in communications technology'. Communications is Fletcher's expertise, having worked as Alston's chief of staff, and then in the private sector as an executive at Optus." (Community & communications the key for Fletcher, 20/11/09)
Ditto for the Liberal candidate for the December 5 Higgins by-election, Kelly O'Dwyer: "She was singled out during her days in Costello's office as an up-and-comer, and invited to participate in the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council's Rambam Mission to Israel in 2006. 'What was most compelling for me was that the trip brought into sharp focus the daily reality of living with the threat of terrorism', she said of her visit to the Jewish State." (In the footsteps of a stalwart, AJN, 20/11/09)
Talk about the right stuff!