A Liberal Party insider writes:

If you think things are hotting up in the ALP and their tussles for
preselection, then the ensuing bunfights in the LIB's is a smorgasbord of
rivalries.
It seems a report ABC's stateline about Inga Peulich last week was pretty
close to the truth, with those close to the scene saying Chris Strong MLC is
all but beaten in to the almost unwinnable third position in that region,
and preselections havent even started.
You can be damn certain that Robert Doyle wants his loyal sidekick, Andrea
Coote, who he has shared an office with on more than one occaision to be the
head of the ticket in the South East Metro region with Inga Peulich pushing
out Chris Strong for the second position. Inga has been flexing her muscle
and alignments since successfully riding on others coat-tails onto the
party's administrative committee.
On the basis of 2002 election results, that's one of two regions where the
Greens can be expected to pick up a seat in the newly formed Legislative
Council of 40 (reduced from the currect 44).
In the week to come, expect to see John Foley, one of Inga's lieutenant's
elected chairman of the Regional Electorate Council for the South-East
region. In the Liberal Party, an electorate Council's chairman and two vice
chairman (male and female) are ex-officio members of a preselection panel,
so tying up these votes now is vital to Inga being returned to Spring Street
after her dumping at the last election in the Seat of Bentleigh, albeit to
return in the other place.

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