Party crit­i­cised over elec­tion en­dorse­ments

The Advocate (Perth) - - 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.

“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.

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