Premier wooing ousted Liberal
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.