Meet­ings by-play

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page -

LIB­ERAL Party lead­er­ship ap­pears to be dig­ging in against op­po­nents of their decision not to run a can­di­date at the Perth by-elec­tion.

Fed­eral Lib­eral Se­na­tor Dean Smith, an op­po­nent of the call to stay out of the race for Perth, was un­able to get a Mt Law­ley meet­ing about the is­sue resched­uled on Satur­day.

State di­rec­tor Sam Cal­abrese said yes­ter­day that the meet­ing “was to help com­mu­ni­cate the decision of the State Ex­ec­u­tive to their lo­cal grass­roots mem­ber­ship”.

It was sched­uled for 11.15am Satur­day in the in­ner-city sub­urb, but emails sent the pre­vi­ous night pushed it back to 8am in West Perth.

The change left those who wished to chal­lenge the decision irate, in­clud­ing Se­na­tor Smith – who was fly­ing from Syd­ney at the time.

Mr Cal­abrese said the decision was made to “fo­cus our un­di­vided at­ten­tion” on a by-elec­tion for the State seat of Dar­ling Range, left va­cant by MLA Barry Ur­ban.

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