Indigenous Advocate Susan Moylan-Coombs Wants Tony Abbott’s Seat
A member of the Stolen Generation is eyeing off Tony Abbott's seat of Warringah at the upcoming federal election, with the independent vowing to put the environment and indigenous affairs at the centre of her campaign.
Susan Moylan-Coombs, a broadcaster, mental health educator and the founding director of indigenous organisation the Gaimaragal Group, announced on Sunday her plans to contest the northern beaches seat held by Mr Abbott for almost 25 years.
The granddaughter of high profile public servant and prime ministerial advisor H.C. Coombs, and the daughter of former NSW Bar Association president John Coombs, Ms Moylan-Coombs said she was no stranger to public service.
"Politics has been in and around my family, in and around myself. I am a First Nations woman, whatever I do people think I'm being political," Moylan-Coombs told AAP.
A member of the Stolen Generations, Moylan-Coombs moved to the northern beaches at the age of three after being adopted by the Coombs family and has lived in the area for most of the last 50 years.
While entering the political sphere has long been on her mind, Ms Moylan-Coombs said she had never wanted to take the step before as she didn't want to compromise her beliefs.
She watched Kerryn Phelps' bid and eventual victory in the Wentworth by-election very carefully to gauge the way Dr Phelps would be treated by the public and the press.
Should she win, Moylan-Coombs would like to take over Tony Abbott's role as special envoy on indigenous affairs.
However, the bottom line for her is as mother wanting to create a better environment for her children to inherit, Moylan-Coombs said.
While people have cautioned her over the seat, citing bully tactics and dirty games, Moylan-Coombs will operate under a sense of ethics embodied in the advice she used to give to her footballer son - "play the ball, not the man".
Moylan-Coombs said she is "not naive to think that it's going to be easy".
"I want to run a clean race, I want to do this with dignity. Do I see myself in Canberra? I would like to think so," she said.