Bruce Lehrmann has addressed rumors that he is seeking to run for federal office at the prosperous Wentworth headquarters in Sydney.
The former political adviser was accused of raping Brittany Higgins in Parliament after a night out when they were colleagues in March 2019. He has always denied the allegations and the charges against him were dropped in December.
Speculation about his political ambitions swirled after he recently updated his Instagram bio to say he is a “Wentworth legacy potential Liberal MP”, which was a blow to a comment Higgins had made about him.
In a statement obtained by Daily Mail Australia, he hinted there may actually be a chance he could compete for shortlisting in the eastern suburbs seat previously held by former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and home to some of Australia’s most expensive waterfront homes.
“Although I come from the country of New South Wales, I am flattered and amused by the prospect,” he said.
‘Politics 101 is never to rule out or dismiss anything, that’s why the PM and MPs can do ten backflips and get away with it.
“But if the good people of Wentworth need help cleaning up a long and unfortunate period in which Malcolm Turnbull and a Teal candidate represent them, then I’m around.”
Bruce Lehrmann has addressed rumors that he is looking to run for federal office at the prosperous Wentworth headquarters in Sydney.
The once blue ribbon Wentworth seat briefly became independent for seven months in 2018-2019 when Turnbull resigned immediately after being replaced as prime minister by Scott Morrison.
Dave Sharma won it back for the Liberals in the 2019 election, only to lose it again to candidate Teal Allegra Spender in May 2022.
If Lehrmann is shortlisted by the Liberals to run for Wentworth in the next election, which is expected to be in May 2025, he will most likely face Spender.
The change to her social media handle to spark a potential career was a reference to comments Higgins made during a meeting with her fiance David Sharaz, TV presenter Lisa Wilkinson and Channel 10 producer Angus Llewellyn in January 2021.
While not mentioned in Lisa Wilkinson’s interview with Brittany Higgins (pictured together), Mr Lehrmann argues that her identity would have been known in political circles.
Bruce Lehrmann changed his Instagram bio (pictured) to say he was a ‘prospective Wentworth legacy Liberal MP’
The conversation was in preparation for an interview with Wilkinson on The Project, when Ms Higgins first publicly accused Mr Lehrmann that she was allegedly sexually assaulted.
During the pre-show briefing, Ms Higgins could be heard describing Mr Lehrmann’s position in political spheres when she said he was a “legacy” Liberal staffer who would “eventually run for a seat”.
He acknowledged that the network could not name Lehrmann as his alleged attacker for legal reasons, but said he hoped “enough people” could identify him as the alleged rapist and prevent his political career from progressing.
“If enough people can put two and two together, it will prevent him from being shortlisted for the Wentworth seat, or something like that, one day,” he said.
Teal politician Allegra Spender (pictured) won the Wentworth seat in eastern Sydney from Liberal Dave Sharma in the 2022 federal election
Brittany Higgins appears in The Project, when she first publicly denounced that she had been raped at Parliament House in Canberra.
Wentworth largely covers Sydney’s affluent eastern suburbs and includes Bondi, Watsons Bay, Vaucluse, Rose Bay, Double Bay, along with parts of Elizabeth Bay and Potts Point.
Mr Lehrmann’s trial was canceled in October 2022 due to jury misconduct and prosecutors later dropped the charges amid concerns about the impact a second trial could have on Ms Higgins’ mental health.
He was not named during The Project’s interview with Ms Higgins, but he filed a libel suit over the interview against the network and Wilkinson in March.
He claims he was smeared because former colleagues and people in parliamentary circles were able to identify him as the alleged rapist.
The former political staffer is also suing ABC for airing a speech Ms Higgins made to the National Press Club.
Malcolm Turnbull (pictured) previously held Wentworth’s seat from 2004 to 2018. Bruce Lehrmann called Turnbull’s time in office an “unfortunate period.”
That case is scheduled for a hearing in November.
Lehrmann’s Instagram account also made headlines earlier this year when it was revealed that he was back on the platform after a two-year hiatus.
His biography included a version of a quote from the American author Mark Twain: “A lie can travel to the other side of the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Allegra Spender for comment.