John Gass

Bishop may face the chopper if Dick Smith runs

THEY both like helicopters and now it seems they both want the same job.

Dick Smith has been threatening to run against former speaker Bronwyn Bishop in her blue ribbon LIberal seat of Mackellar, on Sydney's northern beaches, for the past three months. 

Now, a secret poll obtained by the local newspaper - The Manly Daily - says if Mr Smith does decide to run, he will win. 

The secret poll, undertaken by MediaReach, said 69 per cent of voters in the seat believe Ms Bishop should have retired after the Choppergate scandal where she claimed $5277 to charter a helicopter to a party fundraiser. 

Ms Bishop eventually agreed to pay back the money and an additional sum of $1300 however, the scandal cost her the role of speaker.

At the 2013 election Ms Bishop increased her margin on the primary vote by three per cent and secured a solid 68.84% of the vote.

However, the MediaReach poll said if Mr Smith stood he would take 54% of the primary vote and win the seat.  



CAT FIGHT: Tigers ready to dig claws in ahead of NCF finals

Premium Content CAT FIGHT: Tigers ready to dig claws in ahead of NCF finals

North Coast Football enters its final round this weekend and Westlawn are in hot...

Maclean Pool upgrades arrive in time for summer

Premium Content Maclean Pool upgrades arrive in time for summer

A new filtration system has been installed at Maclean Pool as the upgrades for the...

See inside new surf club before pollies do the honours

Premium Content See inside new surf club before pollies do the honours

Take a look inside the new surf club before this morning’s official opening.