THREE Liberals are locked in a pre-selection battle to contest Fremantle at the federal election.
The contenders are: Sherry Sufi, the party’s state policy chair and Fremantle division secretary; Philip Mercer, local small business owner; and, Pierrette Kelly, electorate officer for WA senator Chris Back.
Local branch committees will vote in around a week and the powerful state council is scheduled to meet April 9 to endorse the local choice or override it. Matthew Hanssen, the candidate in 2013, decided not to put his hat in the ring.
Labor has preselected Chris Brown, a maritime union organiser, and the Greens chose Kate Davis. Fremantle is held by Labor, with the margin under five per cent. Incumbent MP Melissa Parke is retiring.
CORRECTION—The Fly by Night Musicians’ Club has asked Fremantle council for help to pay off $20,000 owed to other creditors—not the council itself, as we’d reported last week. A council report last week noted the club hadn’t paid rent or “recoverables” worth about $20,000 since moving in, but chair Steve Wells contacted the Chook to say the council had only included that figure to demonstrate its generosity, as it wasn’t seeking to claim the money. The $20,000 debt to external sources was in a confidential report.