Ab­bott wins re­form vote

Townsville Bulletin - - NATION -

TONY Ab­bott last night de­clared the Lib­eral Party was fi­nally wrench­ing power away from “fac­tional hacks” af­ter his one- mem­ber- one- vote push scored a de­ci­sive vic­tory.

Sur­rounded by sup­port­ers, the for­mer prime min­is­ter last night in­sisted the move was “not about me” af­ter rank- and­file mem­bers over­whelm­ingly voted at a spe­cial party re­form con­ven­tion in favour of his “War­ringah mo­tion”.

The pass­ing of the mo­tion would al­low or­di­nary Lib­eral mem­bers a say in who gets to run for of­fice.

The pro­posal would mean pre­s­e­lec­tions for can­di­dates would be de­cided by plebiscites in which each mem­ber would get a vote in de­cid­ing who stood, in­clud­ing for seats oc­cu­pied by sit­ting MPs.

Mr Ab­bott said it was high time to steer away from the “in­sid­ers club” that in­volves “rort­ing, rack­e­teer­ing and fac­tion­eer­ing”.

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