Jackie Kelly Resigns from the Liberal Party

Tony Nutt

State Director

Liberal Party Headquarters

100 William St

NSW 2000                                                                                     Attn: Secretary Penrith Branch of NSW Liberal Party

 

Dear Tony,

 

It is with great regret I inform you of my resignation from the Liberal Party forthwith.   I have been a continuous member since 1995 and believe I have made an enormous contribution to the Party.  Therefore I do not take this action without very careful consideration.  

During my time as a member I have supported tax reform, deregulation, flexible labour markets, privatisation of state owned companies and supported actions aimed at reducing the power and influence of trade unions. I have also supported efforts to reduce the size and involvement of government in private business and families.  

I been a Minister for Tourism and Sport on a National level while I have had a voice on local issues such as the North Penrith Army land, the ADI site and Badgerys Creek Airport, as well as things that affected my life such as childcare and support for women transitioning between the workplace, home and back to the workplace.

Since my retirement from paid politics I have been a part of the reform process for the Liberal Party’s volunteers who want a voice in their local area.   Grassroots Party members who join to be a part of the decisions that affect them in their everyday lives. 

I have patiently held my tongue on many matters in the interest of Party unity hoping for an opportunity to have an input on issues such as:

1.        Designing the North Penrith Army land to avoid the mistakes of every other train station on the Western line (the train line could have been lowered to allow enormous access across the line rather than constraining the CBD between Lemongrove Rd and Castlereagh Rd.)  

2.        Not delivering the outcomes I agreed to for the ADI site especially the creation of a 100 hectare sporting and recreational precinct on the ADI site to meet the demand for health and sport facilities in Western Sydney. 

3.        The removal of the curfew at Mascot and lifting the hourly cap so that an expensive piece of infrastructure like Sydney Airport can be fully utilised and the money earmarked for Badgerys Creek can be spent on Western Sydney roads, rail infrastructure and utilities.

Unfortunately the reform process has stalled yet again. This will be the third time Party members have been told to wait until after the next election for reform.  As the Howard report so eloquently put it - the factions have developed into untalented groups (with no conviction on local issues) which exist solely to promote their loyalists by excluding non-loyalists from party positions of influence.  They delight in activities designed to damage other party members and anonymously leak to the media to take advantage of disunity in the Party.  These factions (quite rightly) have no confidence in State executive’s impartiality in funding candidates for election. This has resulted in private slush funds to pay for positions of influence in the Party.  This has led to ICAC spotlighting Labor Party corruption and simultaneously identifying the same political cancer in the Liberal Party.  

Meanwhile, party members seeking a local say are told, yet again, to wait until after the next election before reform is possible.  

At the start of this month a local paper reported a self-described ‘independent liberal’ candidate reneging on a long standing agreement with other ‘liberal independent’ candidates to elect a Labor candidate to the deputy-Mayor position. This Liberal Party member if he had stuck to the agreement, would have seen a genuine Liberal independent candidate as Mayor and a Liberal member as Deputy Mayor.  He put his self-interest ahead of Party loyalty and instead of sharing influence he took it all for himself and the Labor Party.  This is the same Liberal Party member the State Executive used its special powers to protect, when it prevented any Liberal from running as an endorsed Liberal at the Council election to enable this factionally protected party member to run as a ‘liberal independent’ .  This is where the preferment cooperatives take the Party - contaminated preselections - as cancer ridden as the Labor Party.  Howard’s reform states that special powers are to be used only on the odd occasion, not with the regularity State executive is using them in Western Sydney with genuinely disheartening results for Liberal members and voters.

This cancer has been known about within the organisational wing for years and yet nothing was done to curb or punish these transgressions.  Today you still have disgraced former members actively involved in party processes.  Liberal members cutting deals with other political parties to disadvantage other Liberal members -albeit in a different faction.

The time for Howard’s reforms is now and I believe they should extend to upper house preselections as well.  

The circumvention of State law preventing political parties accepting donations from property developers has been a widely used practice that has recently been exposed by ICAC.  Many grass roots members believe that the State Executive has, at best, turned a blind eye, and at worst, been complicit. This exposes the corrosive control that self-interested lobbyists have over the NSW Liberal Party and how yet again reform will stall after the next election.

Accordingly, I find I can no longer support the NSW Liberal Party without genuine reform as proposed by the Howard Review.  

I have made many friends in my time in the Liberal Party and will no doubt stay friends with a lot of them especially those committed to reform, others will have difficulty with my decision and see it as disloyal and be disparaging.  I am prepared for that, I would rather be outside the tent and use my voice rather than have it silenced by being inside an organisation happy to reform electoral laws but not prepared to reform itself.

Sincerely yours,

 

 

 

Jackie Kelly


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See the report by clicking on this link http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/federal-government-plans-for-airport-rail-line-but-will-not-build-it-20140416-zqvkk.html

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Click on  read more button for details of the invitation to attend the Council meeting on Monday 15 December 2015 at 7pm.




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