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Kristina Keneally is spotted back at her exclusive suburb after losing key marginal seat

Unsuccessful Labor candidate Kristina Keneally is back among her millionaire neighbors on Sydney’s northern beaches after the humiliating loss of a safe Labor seat 70km away.

Ms Keneally was parachuted in as a candidate for Fowler’s post in south-west Sydney, a two-hour round trip from her home on the exclusive island of Scotland.

But the controversial move backfired spectacularly, losing with a swing against Labor of around 16 percent, one of the party’s few dark spots in the election.

Kristina Keneally (in baseball cap) returns to her exclusive enclave north of Sydney on the island of Scotland after missing the key fringe seat she parachuted into.

Kristina Keneally (in baseball cap) returns to her exclusive enclave north of Sydney on the island of Scotland after missing the key fringe seat she parachuted into.

Even his own uncle-in-law, beloved Australian author Thomas Keneally, wrote on Tuesday that Labor “parachuted candidates into luxury seats on the intentions of locals”.

“They were severely punished for it,” said Keneally, the author of Schindler’s Ark.

On Tuesday, Mrs. Keneally, a former New South Wales prime minister, was seen back in her old home, shielded from a camera by her son Daniel, a bearded policeman.

He was wearing a baseball cap and a hoodie on the channel 9 and refused to answer a question from a reporter who asked if her return to the island of Scotland so soon showed that she was just a skydiving candidate.

Mrs Keneally said she would stay at Fowler even if she lost the election. She rented a property in Liverpool for the campaign.

But voters turned against her for being selected to run by the Labor Party brass, including Anthony Albanese, rather than local solicitor Tu Le.

Their votes went instead to another local, Dai Le, a former liberal who ran as an independent.

“Many Labor voters were so angry that the Labor Party was arrogant enough to think that they can parachute someone from the northern beaches … to represent us,” said Dai Le, who is not relative of Tu Le.

Former Labor Senator Graham Richardson said on election night that Ms. Keneally was “like an alien walking around the Fairfield shops in a $2,000 dress”.

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Kristina Keneally is shown campaigning for Fowler’s seat in front of a poster of her opponent Dai Le, who won the seat with a huge blow against Labour.

Keneally has been accused of ducking blame for losing what was once one of the safest Labor seats in the country.

Fowler’s outgoing MP Chris Hayes announced he would not contest the seat in the federal election, leaving a gap open for a new Labor candidate.

Tu Le, born in Vietnam, was originally set to win the shortlist to run for Labour. She was a former member of Mr Hayes’s staff and had her backing as a Labour.

But she was sidelined by powerful Labor in favor of Mrs Keneally.

The move caused outrage among locals in the area and led to the shock defeat of Ms Keneally in a constituency that Labor had held since its creation in 1984.

But the former senator could not admit defeat in a tweet on Sunday, instead saying it was Labor who could not claim the seat.

Kristina Keneally (pictured) lost Fowler's secure Labor seat after she parachuted into the electorate.

Kristina Keneally (pictured) lost Fowler’s secure Labor seat after she parachuted into the electorate.

Vietnamese-born lawyer Tu Le (right) was originally going to win the shortlist for Fowler.  Ms Le was a member of Mr Hayes's staff and was endorsed by her as a Labor candidate.  (Pictured with Anthony Albanese)

Vietnamese-born lawyer Tu Le (right) was originally going to win the shortlist for Fowler. Ms Le was a member of Mr Hayes’s staff and was endorsed by her as a Labor candidate. (Pictured with Anthony Albanese)

The senator acknowledged on Sunday before congratulating Ms Le on her victory in a tweet.  Several users on the platform noted that the carefully worded tweet focused on Fowler's loss at the party and not on Ms Keneally herself.

The senator acknowledged on Sunday before congratulating Ms Le on her victory in a tweet. Several users on the platform noted that the carefully worded tweet focused on Fowler’s loss at the party and not on Ms Keneally herself.

“At the end of today, it looks like Labor will not claim victory at Fowler,” the US-born politician wrote.

‘I congratulate Dai Le and wish him the best. Thank you to the people who voted for Labor and the volunteers in our campaign.’

Ms Keneally concluded her conceding tweet by congratulating newly appointed Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, the Labor Party and telling her supporters that “a better future for Australia lies ahead”.

Several platform users noted that the carefully worded tweet focused on Fowler’s loss at the party, rather than Ms Keneally herself.

“In the end, Kristina Keneally is to blame for losing the super secure Labor seat in the heart of #Fowler,” journalist Troy Bramston tweeted.

“But in true Keneally fashion, she is not to blame, only Labor is: ‘Labour will not claim victory’…”

The political journalist later told Sky News Australia that it was ultimately a “terrible decision” by Labour.

“You can’t just parachute someone from the northern suburbs of Sydney to western Sydney,” he said.

‘It is also a lesson for Labour; don’t take constituencies for granted.

Timeline of Fowler’s electorate before the 2022 election

March 2021 – Labor MP Chris Hayes, who holds Fowler’s seat, announces that he will retire in the 2022 federal election.

April 2021 – Vietnamese-born Western Sydney barrister Tu Le expresses interest in being nominated for shortlisting for Fowler’s position and Mr Hayes begins touting Ms Le as his favored successor.

September 2021: Labor Senator Kristina Keneally parachutes into the safe seat of the lower house.

April 2022: Former Liberal politician Dai Le is announced as an independent candidate for Fowler

May 2022: Kristina Keneally loses the election to independent candidate Dai Le. Her loss came despite an 18 per cent margin, one of the largest in Australia. It is the first time that Labor has lost the seat since its creation in 1984.

The senior Labor figure lost by 3,385 votes, with Ms Le winning 52.3 per cent of the ballot papers compared to Ms Keneally’s 47.68 per cent.

The senior Labor politician was unceremoniously dumped into Fowler's south-west seat at the last minute despite having no connection to the area.

The senior Labor politician was unceremoniously dumped into Fowler’s south-west seat at the last minute despite having no connection to the area.

Bramston’s sentiments on the decision were echoed by several other Twitter users.

‘Slow Clap for @KKeneally and the desperate ‘strategy’ of the #Labor parachute. Did they really think Aussies can be so easily fooled, wrote one.

‘Well done. Parachuting Keneally was a complete disgrace and Labor should learn from this experience,” said another.

The Labor Party move ultimately led to many loyal supporters turning their backs on the party for the first time in their lives and voting for Ms Le

The Labor Party move ultimately led to many loyal supporters turning their backs on the party for the first time in their lives and voting for Ms Le

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