Julia Helen Banks is a lawyer and Australian politician. Elected as the member for Chisholm in the Australian House of Representatives at the 2016 federal election, Banks was the only candidate for the governing Liberal-National Coalition to win a seat held by an opposition party. The previous member, Labor's Anna Burke, had held the seat since 1998 and did not stand for re-election in 2016. Following the Liberal Party leadership spill in August 2018 that saw Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull replaced by Scott Morrison, Banks stated she would not contest the 2019 federal election; and in November 2018 she announced she had quit the party to become an independent MP and sit on the crossbench. She later revealed she would contest the seat of Flinders at the 2019 election, pitting her against government frontbencher Greg Hunt.
It comes as no surprise that Chisholm MP and former Liberal Julia Banks has been somewhat scarce in the inner Melbourne electorate now that she’s intent on cutting her former colleague Greg Hunt’s.. The Age - Published