The Australian is today reporting that:
Mr Ward has been encouraged to stay in his seat of Kiama until 2019 before switching to the federal seat.
The article also indicates that:
The Australian understands there is concern within the Prime Minister’s inner circle that a move by a moderate-backed male to oust a female conservative who backed Tony Abbott…could stoke faction tensions and prove a distraction for Mt Turnbull ahead of the July 2 poll.
Mr Ward is clearly now only focused on continuing to deliberately, wilfully and habitually undermine and white-ant Gilmore MP, Ann Sudmalis over the next four years to pinch her seat.
Comments attributable to Anna Watson:
“Now it’s becoming clearer why Gareth Ward is failing to press his Government to deliver $800 million worth of investment to the Illawarra.
“He’s just consumed with getting square with Ann Sudmalis for exposing his Government’s agenda on the forced amalgamation of South Coast councils.
“Gareth Ward is now only focused on becoming the next Federal Member for Gilmore, which has always been his personal ambition.
“He’ll be using the next four years focusing on trying to pinch Ann Sudmalis’ seat and abandon the people of Kiama for the big house in Canberra.”
21 April 2016