Lib fac­tions ne­go­ti­ate peace deal

The Weekend Australian - - THE NATION - AN­DREW CLENNELL

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.

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