Lib factions negotiate peace deal
A peace deal between factional powerbrokers and former prime minister Tony Abbott was being talked through last night, in a bid to create a system of plebiscites for future state and federal Liberal preselections.
Ahead of a meeting of the NSW Liberal State Council today that will debate setting up votes of all members for preselections, moderates powerbroker Matt Kean and NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet on one side and Mr Abbott and his forces on the other, were understood to be in talks to broker a deal to avoid warfare in the party.
On the agenda is the Warringah motion, backed by Mr Abbott, senator Jim Molan and Warringah conference president Walter Villatora that calls for a vote of ordinary members for all lowerlouse and upper-house seats.
Mr Kean and Mr Perrottet are backing a compromise “Bennelong motion” that involves plebiscites but with 10 per cent of the vote involving representatives of the state executive and state council of the party.
The Bennelong motion also calls for delegates, not ordinary members, to decide upper-house and Senate preselections.
Both Malcolm Turnbull and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian will speak ahead of the vote at the Sydney Town Hall this afternoon.
Ms Berejiklian is said to be backing a peace deal.