ANGST FOR ALP
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.