En­dorse­ments furore

Midland Reporter - - News -

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. “It needs to be ad­dressed,” he said. “I be­lieve the WA Lib­eral Party needs to take ac­tion. 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 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 view as long as it was made clear they did not re­flect the party.

He said the party would con­tinue to up­date its IT sys­tem so mem­bers could send out per­sonal en­dorse­ments with­out the Lib­eral Party let­ter­head.

La­bor MLA Rita Saf­fi­oti also sent out a let­ter last week en­dors­ing coun­cil­lor 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.

“The last eight years I have worked closely with Cr John McNa­mara and seen the great work he has done in the com­mu­nity. I am sup­port­ing him as a can­di­date be­cause I be­lieve he has been a strong in­de­pen­dent voice and has the best pri­or­i­ties for the White­man ward res­i­dents,” she said.

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