Things are crook in the federal seat of Cook. Last week members of the Cook conference of the NSW Liberal Party overwhelmingly selected Michael Towke born in Australia of French and Lebanese parents, to be their candidate for the Cronulla-Sutherland seat of Cook in the upcoming federal elections.

Towke, who is a local, won the fourth and final ballot decisively -- 82 to 70. In the first ballot Towke secured 74 votes of the 152 votes available. His nearest rival received 28 votes with the favourite of the Prime Minister’s Office, Scott Morrison, being eliminated in the first ballot securing only eight votes.