Abbott wins reform vote
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”.