Premier woo­ing ousted Lib­eral

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - LINDA SILMALIS

PREMIER Gla­dys Bere­jik­lian is se­cretly lob­by­ing a Viet­namese refugee who was dumped from the Lib­eral Party to run for a key Western Syd­ney seat.

High-pro­file Fair­field coun­cil­lor Dai Le was sus­pended from the party for 10 years for run­ning as an in­de­pen­dent against an en­dorsed Lib­eral at the 2016 coun­cil elec­tions.

Un­der party rules, mem­bers must not run against en­dorsed can­di­dates.

How­ever The Sun­day Tele­graph can re­veal the lo­cally pop­u­lar anti-bul­ly­ing and women’s af­fairs ad­vo­cate is be­ing wooed by the Premier to run for the seat of Cabra­matta. The lat­est ap­proach was made last Sun­day at the Moon Fes­ti­val. Ms Le (pic­tured) de­clined to com­ment when ap­proached but sources close to the Mul­ti­cul­tural NSW board mem­ber said she was se­ri­ously con­sid­er­ing the pro­posal.

If she ac­cepts it would be the third time the for­mer staffer of ex-fed­eral trea­surer Joe Hockey has con­tested the safe La­bor seat, which is held by La­bor MP Nick Lalich with a 15 per cent mar­gin and is home to a large Viet­namese com­mu­nity.

Ms Le, a breast can­cer sur­vivor, is a well-known com­mu­nity fig­ure in south­west­ern Syd­ney. She re­cently spoke of be­ing bul­lied while on coun­cil, writ­ing in an on­line women’s fo­rum about how she “grap­pled” about whether it should be re­ported to the Of­fice of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment or “if I should just take it on the chin”.

“The OLG did not re­spond. I also re­ported the mat­ter to the NSW Lib­eral Party and noth­ing was done ei­ther,” she wrote.

At same time, Ms Le’s con­tro­ver­sial coun­cil col­league Frank Car­bone — ex­pelled from the La­bor Party for run­ning against an en­dorsed can­di­date — could also soon be re­in­stated.

Party sources say Mr Car­bone, whose brother is high­pro­file prop­erty de­vel­oper Pat Car­bone, has threat­ened to run for a state seat as an in­de­pen­dent should his mem­ber­ship not be re­in­stated.

There are fears the pop­u­larly elected mayor could chal­lenge La­bor MP Guy Zan­gari in the seat of Fair­field.

Mr Car­bone has en­listed La­bor front­bencher Chris Bowen and Wer­riwa MP Chris Hayes to help in his bid to be re­turned to the party.

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