The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

THINGS are get­ting ugly in south­west­ern Syd­ney. Cabra­matta should be a safe La­bor seat, but rev­e­la­tions of the Lib­er­als want­ing high-pro­file Viet­namese coun­cil­lor Dai Le to run is caus­ing angst at Sus­sex St. Sit­ting La­bor MP Nick Lalich wants to run again, but he has up to nine ri­vals seek­ing pre­s­e­lec­tion. As a re­sult, the vet­eran par­lia­men­tar­ian is said to have told lo­cal branches last week that he would run as an in­de­pen­dent should he be snubbed by the party. Adding fuel to the ru­mour are the “Let’s Stick With Nick” stick­ers he was hand­ing out at the re­cent moon fes­ti­val. Eye­ing his seat is Viet­namese Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion for­mer pres­i­dent Tri Vo, whose base in­cludes the not in­signif­i­cant Viet­namese com­mu­nity. Vo’s cam­paign has in­cluded an anti-China march, which is said to have been aimed at knock­ing out ri­val and for­mer La­bor staffer Sally Si­tou, who is of Lao-Chi­nese her­itage. As a se­nior La­bor source said: “It’s a clus­ter-f…”.

The Lib­eral Party is pur­su­ing high-pro­file Viet­namese coun­cil­lor Dai Le.

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