TV presenter James Mathison has declared himself an independent candidate for the Federal Election in Tony Abbott’s safe seat of Warringah.
Mathison, best known as presenter on Australian Idol and Wake Up, will take on the former Prime Minister who sits comfortably with a 15.4% margin. He recently appeared on Celebrity Apprentice.
Deciding to run only two weeks ago, he is opposed to Abbott’s “divisive” stance on marriage equality, refugees and climate change. Mathison plans to fund his run through a Pozible campaign and draw upon social media, releasing his policy platform through video messages.
In 2014, Tony Abbott was interviewed by Mathison on TEN’s now-defunct Wake-Up in which he questioned a lack of transparency and accountability surrounding detention centres.
You can read more on his policies at the Daily Telegraph.
He told TV Tonight, while he didn’t agree with the government’s position on Gay Marriage and Asylum Seekers it didn’t stop them from having a robust and respectful conversation.
“We wanted it to reflect the programme as well which was topical issues, big questions but at the same time there’s a kindness and a light-heartedness to it. That’s been the whole theme for the show and I think that interview reflected that.”