Josh Frydenberg loses his credit card, then (most likely) his seat

Mother-daughter duo Leigh Thomson, 52, and Bonnie Thorburn, 25, voted together for Ms Ryan in Kooyong on Saturday, citing climate change and the creation of an integrity commission as their top political concerns.

Ms Thorburn said she had in mind the Coalition’s poor record on gender equality when she voted against them, as did Thomson.

“I can’t vote for the Coalition with the way their policies relate to women,” the 52-year-old said.

“Women, we care about things – health care, elderly care, education, climate. Men seem more self-centered in their vote.

“So we need to bring women into [to parliament] and do it together.

Both are teachers, and Thomson says the government’s handling of the JobKeeper program pushed her to use her vote to “get Josh out.”

“I’m disgusted with the money that went to independent schools keeping JobKeeper they didn’t need…the government should have made this part of the policy.”

Frydenberg had told the Financial analysis on the first day of pre-election at a booth in Hawthorn that he was encouraged by his conversations with voters.

A tale of two parties

Josh Frydenberg addresses Liberal supporters Saturday night alongside his wife Amie. Eddie Jim

Independent Teal Monique Ryan with supporters at the Auburn Hotel. Joe Armao

But there was a pessimistic atmosphere from the start at his election party at the Grace Park tennis club, with chatter among supporters suggesting a loss to the Coalition was all but inescapable.

Festive pies and sausage rolls were distributed among Liberal Party faithful, as the last tennis players put down their racquets, but the worrying possibility that the treasurer would be sidelined alongside the government seemed to be on the mind.

Frydenberg’s rival for the Kooyong seat, independent Monique Ryan, celebrated her incredible victory about a five-minute drive away at the Auburn Hotel.

The pub was buzzing with anticipation at 9.30pm as supporters of the pediatric neurologist eagerly waited for ABC resident psephologist Antony Green to call Kooyong teal. One supporter pointed to Grace Park and said, “They’re on the side, we’re on the side of need.”

A boy called Samuel was celebrating his 21st birthday at the same venue, but it would have been hard to hear any birthday speeches as Ryan’s crowd got the celebrations started in earnest just before 10pm.

Back at the tennis club and about to lose his seat after 12 years in parliament, Mr Frydenberg thanked his wife Amie and the people of Kooyong.

“Amy has been the most amazing mom,” he said.

“Maybe after tonight I’ll have a little more time to try to be the most amazing dad.”

Frydenberg said it had been a privilege to serve as treasurer, naming a 3.9% unemployment rate, saving 800,000 jobs during the pandemic and income tax cuts as major accomplishments.

Monique Ryan, wearing a cowboy hat, was overwhelmed by supporters for selfies. “It’s extraordinary. It feels like a moment in history,” she told the Financial Review.

“It looks like a regime change. Kooyong will never be the same again and I don’t know if Australian politics will be either. I do not know where the Liberal Party is from here, but they will obviously have to take a long and serious look at each other.

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