You associate Catholic right wingers with the NSW ALP. Same with physical violence – threatened or actual – against political opponents. Yet there seems to be a growing trend towards standover tactics as the Opus Dei right consolidates its control over the local Liberal Party, too.

Last year Crikey mentioned the incident of a gun being brandished at a Young Liberal branch stack. Now come claims of physical abuse of a pregnant woman – great family values there – threats of violence if votes don’t go the right way and constant heavying from close allies of the leader of the little Libs, Alex Hawke. Who’s going to be the Peter Baldwin?

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