Kerryn Phelps has refused to acknowledge whether Malcolm Turnbull's lack of support for Liberal candidate Dave Sharma played a role in his likely victory in the by-elections.
The doctor appeared in ABC's question and answer session on Monday night in her first appearance since Saturday's partial election at historically secure Wentworth headquarters.
The independent politician has virtually secured the seat after a 22 percent change against the Liberal Party, but will have to wait for the final postal votes for confirmation.
Dr. Phelps reiterated her position regarding detention at sea and climate change, but was very strict when host Tony Jones pressed him on Mr. Turnbull.
Kerryn Phelps refused to answer questions about Malcolm Turnbull's lack of support for his liberal opponent
Dr. Phelps was uncomfortable when asked if she would have won if Mr. Turnbull had expressed direct support for Mr. Sharma.
"Look, I do not want to go too deep into the analyzes," said Dr. Phelps.
"I have focused on the issues that are important to the people at Wentworth and to the people of Australia, we have a bright future ahead of us as Australians, if we get this right."
Turnbull has been missing in action since he unleashed the by-election when he abruptly abandoned politics in late August after being ousted without ceremony as prime minister.
Dr. Phelps said that people were more interested in seeing actions on climate change, the treatment of asylum seekers, the future of ABC and a national integrity commission.
Political commentators believe that Liberal candidate David Sharma (pictured) would have won the Wentworth by-election if he had had more support from the former prime minister
Dr. Phelps was nervous when presenter Tony Jones pressed her again to get an answer.
I do not know. I really can not say. I mean, there was a lot of anger at the way Malcolm Turnbull was treated, "he said.
& # 39; It was a popular local member. Many people were upset about the way he was removed and that was certainly an important factor. "Whether he has returned and said everything is forgiven and everything is fine, I think that's just a fantasy."
The panelist and the president of the Liberal Party of New South Wales, Philip Ruddock, could not participate in the debate either.
"My opinion is that he has to make his own judgment as to what he believes was appropriate in all circumstances," the former federal minister said.
"The only comment I would make is that I think that in Australia we treat ex-MPs in a terrifying way."
Despite the lack of support from the former prime minister, Shama paid public tribute to Mr. Turnbull when he acknowledged his defeat on Saturday night.
The President of the Liberal Party of New South Wales and former Federal Minister Phillip Ruddock also refused to be subjected to debate on the impact of Mr. Turnbull on the partial election