The NSW Government is attempting to block developers from running for local councils. However, the motion has reportedly been blocked by Alex Hawke, who is Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s representative:
As revealed by The Sauce last week, a motion backed by both the moderates and Right faction members was put to the NSW Liberal State Executive last Friday for the party to use its own powers to stop developers from running as endorsed Liberals.
However, the bid – supported by Premier Gladys Berejiklian – was blocked by Centre Right powerbroker Alex Hawke, who is Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s representative on the committee…
While the motion failed, The Sauce has confirmed talks are ongoing among several senior Liberals with legislation among options being explored.
It is understood any draft legislation would likely have the support of Labor and the Greens…
A senior Liberal source said it was still “early days” but talk of legislation was “absolutely under way”.
“There are definitely talks, and it is likely the matter will again be raised at the next executive meeting,” a Liberal source said.
“It is a problem that is not going away and there are Liberals that want it sorted before the local government elections in September.”
Yesterday we learned that political donations from the property industry favour the Coalition about eight to one, according to Australian Electoral Commission figures.
We also know that Prime Minister Scott Morrison worked for six years as a research manager for the Property Council of Australia.
We know where the Morrison Government’s allegiances lie.