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Don't blame Mundine, blame the Liberals' anti-democratic faceless men

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23.01.2019

In 1945 Robert Menzies addressed the inaugural state council meeting of the NSW division of the Liberal Party at the Sydney Town Hall. Party historian Ian Hancock described the scene: “In one trenchant comment Menzies observed how some State parties were ‘peaceable’ and others ‘warlike’. If anyone still wondered where Menzies placed NSW, his next sentence erased any uncertainty. No Provisional Executive Chairman, he said, ‘had a task half as difficult as Mr Spooner (the NSW Provisional Chairman).’''

Warren Mundine is the PM's captain's pick for Liberal candidate in the seat of Gilmore. Credit:Pat Scala

The dysfunction in the NSW Libs has continued and today is at its high watermark. On an almost daily basis for the past two weeks I have had true-blue Liberal Party local stalwarts from across NSW say they’ve resigned their party membership. It’s always the same old story … “factional bosses are exploiting the party and members have no say”.

This week Prime Minister Scott Morrison insisted the state executive of the NSW Liberal Party declare Warren Mundine to be the Liberal candidate in the ultra-marginal federal seat of Gilmore, south of Wollongong. The local party members had already selected a candidate who they held in high regard, Grant Schultz.

Occasionally former ALP members (like Mundine) join the Liberal Party. Sometimes it's just because they’ve burnt bridges in Labor and think........

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