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Sunday, June 18, 2006

Liberals Far Right Take Over in NSW

Sex Discrimination Councillor Pru Goward's run for the seat of Epping appears to have been scuttled, after the Right dominated NSW State Executive voted to allow the outrageously stacked Cherrybrook branch to participate in pre-selections.

The momentous nature of this development cannot be underestimated, because it proves, for once and for all, that the Hard Right have taken over the NSW Liberal Party, riding roughshod not only over the ostensible state leader, Peter Debnam, but the Prime Minister John Howard, both of whom had been working hard to see Goward preselected in the seat of Epping. Thus, the ultimate power of David Clarke and his cohorts has now been definitively asserted. They've already helped depose a moderate leader, John Brogden, as well as infiltrated all state party organisations and stripped a moderate, Patricia Forsythe, of her pre-selection after she spoke out about the filthy tactics that got rid of Brogden.

This development is good for nobody - not the greater public of NSW, but least of all the NSW Liberal Party itself, whom infighting and factional battles have reduced to a rabble. While I don't think there will necessarily be a Pittwater-style backlash against the Clarke-endorsed candidate, Greg Smith, it is a disturbing trend that is likely to continue. The agenda of the Clarke brigade is extreme - anti-gay, fundamentalist Christian, anti-abortion (Smith is a former president of Right to Life), and their propensity for branch stacking wherever another fake member can fit in order to take over formerly left-dominated branches has caused such concern amongst other members of the State party that some have spoken out publically, such as City of Sydney Council's sole Liberal councillor, Shayne Mallard, who said, quite rightly: “I think it should be alarming for most mainstream Australians that any party is going to become marginalised to a very narrow base of issues"

Far be it from me to tell the Liberals how to win, but this certainly isn't it.


At 1:18 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This reveals the idiocy of the NSW Libs. OK, the right might have a good candidate lined up, but he's nowhere near as electable as Goward, who would have been a wonderful poster girl for the Libs. She's outstanding and any parliament would be lucky to have her.

At 6:20 pm, Blogger Minotaur said...

I agree. Putting aside my self-confessed partisanship, Goward justifiably has support on both sides of politics and would have been an asset to Parliament. The idea that some factional flunky will get in instead is material evidence to the real balance of power in the party at present (and also the extend to which this power is damaging the party).

At 10:45 am, Blogger Splatterbottom said...

I am sure the NSW Libs will be anxious to take advice from the ALP left and Shayne Mallard. They certainly would not be surprised that the advice is similar from both sources.

At 2:53 pm, Anonymous Guy said...

Good news for Iemma. Goward has the sort of bipartisan credibility which most of the current mob of NSW Libs lack.

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