EXCLUSIVE: Madeleine West ‘QUITS her budding political career as she drops out of NSW State Parliament race to focus on podcast about exposing paedophiles’
Madeleine West is reportedly saying goodbye to her budding political career, almost one year after announcing her intention to pursue a spot in the NSW State Parliament.
Daily Mail Australia has exclusively obtained a yet-to-be released statement written by the Neighbours star, 42, explaining that she’s switching her focus to a new podcast about paedophiles.
In the leaked statement, she describes how she’d spent the past year meeting with members of the Ballina community with the plan to run for NSW Parliament.
Daily Mail Australia has exclusively obtained a pre-written statement by Madeleine West, 42, about her decision to drop out of the race for NSW State Parliament
‘These past months have shown me that parliament is not the best platform for me to make changes up right now,’ she explained, before adding that she will no longer be contesting the seat in Ballina.
‘My passion hasn’t waned, nor has my commitment to my community. This was a difficult decision to make, prompted by personal matters that currently need my full focus,’ she continued.
‘As a mum of six young children, Parliament House isn’t the best place for me at this stage of my family’s life.’
The former Neighbours star is apparently shifting her focus to her new podcast, Predatory, which is about exposing paedophiles and sexual predators
The actress said that her time can be better spent ‘on our community’ rather than ‘weeks in Sydney’.
‘I remain an advocate and an ally. I am still committed to equality and opportunity – my focus remains on domestic violence awareness and being a committed environmentalist.’
Madeleine added that she’s now focused on her new podcast Predatory, which is about exposing paedophiles and sexual predators.
‘As a mum of six young children, Parliament House isn’t the best place for me at this stage of my family’s life,’ she explained in the leaked statement
She is co-hosting Predatory alongside former police detective Gary Jubelin.
Last April, the star appeared on Channel 10’s The Project to discuss her intentions to launch a political career.
‘I believe that politics is for the people and it’s about being the voice of the people. You don’t need a qualification to be a parliamentarian,’ she said at the time.
Last April, the star appeared on Channel 10’s The Project (pictured) to discuss her intentions to launch a political career
‘Ostensibly you just need accountability, you need to care about your community, and you need to have a will to make people feel safe.’
The Byron Bay resident said she was inspired to take action after taking part in the flood clean up on the North Coast of NSW.
‘Where I live I’m running for the seat of Ballina. We’ve been hit by floods and bushfires and the pandemic brought my community to its knees,’ she went on.
‘I care about sustainability and the future and opportunity and I care about accountability and being answerable for your actions, and I care about my community flourishing and feeling safe,’ the star added.
‘I’m lucky to have a national platform, yes, but I think that makes me uniquely qualified to bring a spotlight on local issues because what we’ve been through realistically is a microcosm that the rest of Australia can expect to experience.’
Madeleine co-hosts Predatory alongside former police detective Gary Jubelin. Pictured together