Lib­er­als’ se­ces­sion push gath­ers mo­men­tum

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News -

A mo­tion first raised by the Lib­eral Party’s Brand elec­torate branch to es­tab­lish a com­mit­tee that would pur­sue whether WA should seek in­de­pen­dence from Can­berra took a huge step on the week­end, with del­e­gates at the party’s State con­fer­ence back­ing the push.

The push for the so-called “WAxit com­mit­tee” was backed 89 votes to 73 at the State con­fer­ence, de­spite ar­gu­ments from op­po­nents who claimed it would make the party look like the “in­sane fringe of the Lib­eral move­ment”. Former Lib­eral Party Brand can­di­date Rick Palmer moved the mo­tion, which was backed by party pres­i­dent and known se­ces­sion­ist Nor­man Moore.

The mo­tion, which orig­i­nally pushed for a six-mem­ber com­mit­tee to ex­am­ine WA be­com­ing an in­de­pen­dent State within the Com­mon­wealth, was wa­tered down to in­clude the word “fi­nan­cially”.

State Op­po­si­tion Leader Dr Mike Na­han op­posed the idea, along with La­bor’s Brand MHR Madeleine King.

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