Malcolm Turnbull v who? Meet Evan Hughes, Labor candidate for Wentworth

Evan Hughes is a great fan of Lunch With columns. He buys the Financial Times every weekend to read its chew and spew column as well as its arts coverage. And he's a big reader of The Australian Financial Review, not only for this column but for Phillip Coorey, whose political commentary Hughes liberally quotes – sometimes in favour, sometimes not.

All that reading has left him with some firm thoughts on what's appropriate in situations such as that we find ourselves in, dining on a sunny Sydney day at Chiswick at the Art Gallery of NSW. It's Hughes' choice of venue – and not the only thing he's carefully pondered before arriving here today.

"I have always thought that if I ever get here, I'm not going to be one of those people who has a salad and a water," he says as he peruses the wine list. "I reckon when a CEO is seen to be having a salad and water, if I was a shareholder I'd sell straight away."

With that, he selects a bottle of crisp white wine to go with the oysters and tuna tartare we've ordered for entree.

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Some miss Malcolm

Last December, Evan Hughes looked like he had just taken on the most unenviable job on the Australian political scene - ALP candidate for the seat of Wentworth in Sydney's upmarket eastern suburbs.

Oh, that would be the electorate of one Malcolm Bligh Turnbull.

The PM was riding so high in the polls in the early months after replacing Tony Abbott that the Labor power-brokers must have thought the fresh faced thirty year old arts history graduate might be young and naive enough to volunteer to beat his head against the proverbial political wall.

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MALCOLM TURNBULL IS NOT THE OLD TURNBULL – THAT'S WHY I'M RUNNING AGAINST HIM: EVAN HUGHES

Labor candidate Evan Hughes says he will challenge Malcolm Turnbull for the Sydney seat of Wentworth because the prime minister has abandoned causes he once championed.

"I will defend the Malcolm of old. I certainly defend the Malcolm that Wentworth fell in love with, that Malcolm that believes in same-sex marriage and action on climate change and all those sorts of things, the Malcolm we all used to know," Mr Hughes told the ABS's 7.30 program.

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TIME, TIME CHANGES EVERYTHING

Labor candidate Evan Hughes says he will challenge Malcolm Turnbull for the Sydney seat of Wentworth because the prime minister has abandoned causes he once championed.

"I will defend the Malcolm of old. I certainly defend the Malcolm that Wentworth fell in love with, that Malcolm that believes in same-sex marriage and action on climate change and all those sorts of things, the Malcolm we all used to know," Mr Hughes told the ABS's 7.30 program.

The gallery owner said same-sex marriage and climate change were important to all Australians but Mr Turnbull had let down those who hoped he would make progress on the issues as PM.

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