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Aug 18, 2014

Poll Bludger: ICAC’s kiss of death to clear a path for independents

The fallout from last week's ICAC hearings will likely upset the applecarts of both major parties. With two looming NSW byelections, who will fill the void? Or rather, who still has credibility in the eyes of the public?

William Bowe — Editor of The Poll Bludger

William Bowe

Editor of The Poll Bludger

After another devastating week of revelations at the Independent Commission Against Corruption, the New South Wales Liberal Party has embarked on an innovative exercise in damage control ahead of two looming byelections.

It was announced yesterday that the party will not field candidates in the neighbouring seats of Newcastle and Charlestown, which have been vacated after last week’s hearings terminated the careers of their respective members, Tim Owen and Andrew Cornwell. State party director Tony Nutt explained that this was intended as an “explicit act of atonement” for the “reprehensible” conduct the party had helped unleash on the state’s body politic.

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  1. CML

    The only reason the Libs aren’t fielding candidates in these seats, is because they don’t want anyone to know how comprehensively they will lose both of them!

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