Friday, July 16, 2010

Liberals finally get organised in key election region

The Liberal Party will finalise its line-up in Western Sydney tomorrow when it finally pre-selects candidates for the seats of Greenway, Parramatta and Chifley.

After announcing Penrith local Fiona Scott as the Liberal candidate for Lindsay, the race for Greenway is between two pre-selection candidates of Filipino decent, Venus Priest and Jayme Diaz. If the Liberals were to win Greenway, either one would be the first person of Filipino background in the federal Parliament.

Greenway is held by Liberal Louise Markus but a redistribution means it is now notionally Labor and Ms Markus will contest the nearby seat of Macquarie.

Opposition leader Tony Abbott said during a visit to Penrith Paceway this week that he hoped to be campaigning in western Sydney 'as much as is humanely possible' between now and the election.

During the paceway visit, Ms Scott was asked if she believed asylum seekers was an important issue in her electorate and she instead redirected the focus to the state of Nepean Hospital. This is despite Labor being convinced that asylum seeker policy is 'killing them' in areas such as western Sydney.

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