The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - MIRANDA DEVINE -

YOU can’t pre­tend some­thing is not se­ri­ously wrong with the NSW Lib­er­als af­ter Damien Tude­hope lost pre­s­e­lec­tion for the up­per house in a fac­tional civil war.

Tude­hope stepped in to help Do­minic Per­rot­tet out of the mess he cre­ated when he tried to move from his seat of Hawkes­bury into the one next door. The MP for Cas­tle Hill Ray Wil­liams had other ideas. He of­fered him Tude­hope’s seat of Ep­ping. In re­turn, Pre­mier Gla­dys Bere­jik­lian as­sured him of an up­per house po­si­tion. Then, on Fri­day, west­ern Syd­ney branches de­fied her, vot­ing against Tude­hope 60-58 and opted for a fresh pre­s­e­lec­tion open to all. NSW Lib­er­als are split into about five fac­tions, but let’s broadly call them left, cen­tre-right and right. Scott Mor­ri­son ally, Spe­cial Min­is­ter for State Alex Hawke, leads the dom­i­nant cen­tre-right. The right, led by Per­rot­tet, is loyal to Tony Ab­bott. The left is the Pre­mier’s team, run by state MP Matt Kean and fed­eral MP Trent Zim­mer­man. In­censed by calls from Zim­mer­man urg­ing a vote for Tude­hope, pre­s­e­lec­tors in branches such as Mt Druitt, Pen­rith and Black­town re­volted on Fri­day night.


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