Party criticised over election endorsements
FORMER State Liberal candidate Daniel Parasiliti has hit out at his party over endorsements made by Swan Valley branch president Trevor Hancock for the City of Swan local government election.
Mr Parasiliti, who is an outgoing Swan councillor, said the move was “disgusting” and action had to be taken by the party.
“I believe the WA Liberal Party need to take action,” he said.
“I know for a fact that if I had done something wrong that I would stand down.
“State politics has no place in local government.”
The comments come after Mr Hancock sent out a letter to party members last week endorsing six candidates for this month’s City of Swan election, which caused outrage among some councillors.
Liberal Party state director Sam Calabrese said the party did not get involved in local government, but members were allowed to share their personal views as long as it was made clear they did not reflect the party’s.
He said the party would continue to update its IT system so members could send out personal endorsements without the Liberal Party letterhead.
Labor MP Rita Saffioti also sent out a letter last week endorsing Cr John McNamara.
She said despite Cr McNamara not being a Labor member she had endorsed him for the work he had done in the community.