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Idol host James Mathison challenges Tony Abbott in election

JAMES Mathison says he will take former prime minister Tony Abbott to task on matters such as climate change and same-sex marriage, as the former Australian Idol host signals his intention to contest the seat of Warringah in the July election.

According to Mr Mathison's Twitter account, he will run as an independent for the New South Wales seat, which has been held by Mr Abbott since 1994.

The 38-year-old is appealing to the youth vote, driving a social media campaign using the hashtag #TimesUpTony, in response to what he sees as complacency on Mr Abbott's behalf in what is a safe Coalition seat.

Mr Mathison - who earlier this month was arrested by police during a protest to stop Moreton Bay fig trees being felled - updated his Twitter and Facebook accounts on Friday night with the slogan: "Warringah deserves better".

In an interview with MTV Australia on Friday, Mr Mathison highlighted how out of touch he believed Mr Abbott was, citing 22 years of inaction over climate change, same-sex marriage and asylum seekers.

Read more at ABC News Online

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