Wentworth by-election Candidates and voting guide
working for the community right up to the March election date. “A pre- selection process will be undertaken by the NSW Liberal Party to. Dating · Sex · Marriage · Family & Friends · Gay Marriage . If the Liberal Party loses the seat the Morrison Government will lose A former senior technical officer and manager at the Australian . Ahead of the Liberal preselection race, former prime minister Tony Abbott's sister Christine Forster pulled out. Michael Photios: Darth Vader to the NSW right of the Liberal Party. Legislative Assembly, stood against Hughes for preselection in Berowra, a safe Liberal seat on Sydney's north shore. . Its origins date back even further.
But on-the-record examples are thin on the ground, possibly due to concerns about potentially alienating valuable business support. Meanwhile, as a federal election year cycle gets under way in earnest, tensions remain high for the Liberal Party in Australia's most populous state. But this is also the party's politically most successful state.
How to become a federal MP. Part 2, the Libs
Moreover, Australia is being led by a Liberal prime minister from Sydney who is also, according to the polls, enormously popular. NSW is also in the fifth year of a Liberal-led coalition government, with Sydney's own Mike Baird an enormously popular premier. At the same time, the contest between the so-called "moderates" and the "hard" and "soft" right has reached one of its most intense points in a history of faction fighting which, as the Tom Hughes-Berowra story attests, goes back decades.
Its origins date back even further.
In a state where the mid-'50s split in the Labor Party did not have the same devastating consequences for the ALP as it had in Victoria, this meant many conservative, socially rigid Catholics opted for membership of the Liberal Party.
At the same time, an extreme rightwing former propagandist for the pro-Nazi wartime government in Slovenia, Lyenko Urbanchich, became a leading member of the NSW Liberal Party's hard-right faction, known as The Uglies.
Despite official moves to expel him from the party, Urbanchich survived and worked hard with David Clarke, a conservative Catholic solicitor, and a Liberal member of the NSW Upper House, to recruit new members to the Uglies faction. It never had the unifying glue provided by party founder Robert Menzies, or the unifying non-Labor history represented by another Victorian political giant, three-times prime minister Alfred Deakin.
But the power of the hard right — led by David Clarke, with his staff member, and potential parliamentary candidate, Alex Hawke, as his gauleiter, rose.
Clarke, Hawke and their supporters organised huge membership drives in Sydney and throughout NSW, adding to the right's power. But a bitter dispute between Hawke and Clarke over membership recruitment in effectively ended the hard right's grip on the NSW party machine. Hawke and his supporters peeled away and formed the so called "soft right" faction. They proceeded to do deals with a "moderate" faction by that stage led by Michael Photios. The rest, as they say, is history — at least in the sense that the hard right, conservative right, or whatever right, no longer calls the tune in the NSW Liberal Party.
Hawke, who has been the Liberal member for Mitchell, a seat which covers some "bible belt" areas in north-west Sydney, where the hard right engaged in hugely successful branch stacking, has gone from strength to strength. Now straddling two factional horses, Alex Hawke wants a free conscience vote on the issue of same-sex marriage, despite earlier expressing opposition.
The issue, and the Turnbull government's handling of it, have become inextricably tied up with the party dispute inside NSW.
- Navigation menu
- The Sydney Morning Herald
- Photios strikes fear
Malcolm Turnbull is formally signed on to the Tony Abbott approach. It comes after the United States said it would recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, angering the Muslim world. However, Mr Sharma later emphasised there was no plan yet, just a review and rejected suggestions the announcement was aimed at benefiting his election.
Mr Sharma reportedly had the backing of former prime minister John Howard for his preselection bid, as well as business leader David Gonski, who is understood to have written him a personal reference. She wants reduces taxes for payroll and land, enhanced asset depreciation and supports for start-ups.
She also supports rebates on natural medicines to be removed and for a possible GST on health related goods and services. Ms Vithoulkas wants refugees to be resettled and a more humanitarian approach. She believes fossil fuels should be phased out and wants greater prosecution of those who do the wrong thing in the live animal export trade. Ms Vithoulkas is among dozens of business owners and landlords planning to file a lawsuit against the NSW Government over the Sydney light rail project.
New candidates enter Liberal race to replace Malcolm Turnbull in Wentworth
She claims the project forced her to close her CBD cafe after 16 years of trade. Councillor and cafe owner Angela Vithoulkas will run as an independent. Deb Doyle, Animal Justice Party The mother-of-three is a self-employed book editor who teaches editing and grammar. The party wants to establish a 'sovereign wealth' fund for research and to help farmers transition from animal agriculture to plant-based agriculture. She also plays percussion with community bands and orchestras.
She wants action on climate change and the closure of offshore detention centres for asylum seekers. Dr Leong supports the phasing out of stamp duty, payroll tax and council rates, and believes they should be replaced with a broad-based land tax. She has lobbied for a new public high school and supports increasing the number of women in public office.
Ms Heath believes negative gearing should be limited to one property only, onshore processing of asylum seekers should be reinstated and that Australia should remain committed to the Paris agreement. Barry Keldoulis, The Arts Party A local resident and chief executive officer of Sydney Contemporary, Mr Keldoulis is a respected arts figure with experience running small business and major events.
He supports a new public school for the area, funding of the arts and action on climate change. He doesn't support live animal exports and believes some laws need reform, for example, so that drug offences are treated as a health and social issue, not a criminal one.
Barry Keldoulis at the Olsen Gallery in Woollahra. The doctor and businesswoman was a strong campaigner for same-sex marriage and also developed a high profile after being the first woman to be elected as president of the Australian Medical Association. She doesn't support changes to negative gearing but believes the company tax rate should be lowered as long as all organisations pay their fair share.
Dr Phelps believes foreign donations and those from fossil fuel companies should be banned. This week it emerged an email had been distributed falsely claiming she had HIV and was withdrawing from the contest. Dr Phelps has slammed it as one of the "dirty tricks" being used in a smear campaign against her.
Rival Liberal candidate Dave Sharma called the email "despicable" and said it also stigmatised people living with HIV. State Council decides whether federal lower house candidates are to be selected by a Selection Committee the "default" optionits own choice, or a plebiscite.
Plebiscites are conducted by preferential ballot, and are open to all members over 18 who have been financial for 12 months before the closure of nominations, plus other members State Council allows to participate "for special reasons". A Selection Committee consists of the state executive plus the federal divisional or state electoral council, provided the latter are in the majority.
The vote is conducted by exhaustive ballot.
Craig Kelly (politician)
Encouragingly, Dutton is no certainty. The State Council sets the date for calling for applications and the closure date for their receipt.
Alternatively, state council may allow all financial members of branches within the electorate who live or work in the electorate to participate, in place of the randomly chosen members and delegates from branches, Young Liberal Movement branches and tertiary institution Liberal clubs.
For the Senate, the selection committee consists of the chairman or deputy chairman of the Candidate Selection Committee and the State Council. Candidates nominate for a lower house or Senate seat and are grilled before a candidate review committee. For lower-house positions, "all members" of the party in the relevant seat attend a meeting where a preferential vote is carried out.