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Former NSW Premier Kristina Keneally To Stand For Bennelong

Former NSW Labor premier Kristina Keneally will run for the federal seat of Bennelong in the upcoming by-election.

The seat, which was held by the Liberal party with a margin of more than nine per cent, is up for challenge after sitting MP John Alexander had to step down because of his dual citizenship.

Federal Opposition leader Bill Shorten made the announcement via Twitter on Tuesday, posting a picture of himself with Ms Keneally saying: "The next member for Bennelong."

The December 16 by-election was a chance for the voters of Bennelong to "send a wake-up call" to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Mr Shorten told reporters.

"This is a chance ... that has fallen to the people of Bennelong to send a message against the dysfunction and the chaos of the current government, the policy paralysis, the failure of leadership."

Ms Kenneally, who was born in Las Vegas, was quizzed on her citizenship status and restated she had renounced her United States citizenship in 2002 before she ran for state parliament.

"I am not running in Bennelong because John Alexander is a dual citizen, I am running because this is an opportunity for the community to stand up and say to Mr Turnbull - your government is awful," she said.

"Enough is enough."

Ms Keneally, 48, was the Labor premier of NSW from 2009 to 2011.

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