Coalition impasse no closer to resolution

THE Liberal Party’s junior Coalition partner the Nationals will continue to run in the state seat of Goulburn at the next election after a meeting between party officials failed to resolve the family feud.

The Nationals’ Katrina Hodgkinson is challenging the Liberals’ Pru Goward in an attempt to save her political career because her seat of Burrinjuck is due to be abolished in 2015.

The meeting was called to discuss the Coalition Agreement, which is designed to prevent a contest between the two parties in certain seats.

The meeting lasted about an hour.

Acting director of the NSW Liberals Simon McInnes said in a statement he wants to see the strong relationship between the two parties continue.

Mr McInnes said the parties don’t want to see three-cornered contests – between Labor, the Liberals and the Nationals – in seats across the state.

Nationals party state president Nial Blair similarly said the two groups are coming to a resolution.

Neither side has withdrawn their candidacy for the seat.

It comes as supporters of Ms Hodgkinson launched a disparaging Facebook page about the Liberals’ Pru Goward.

The unofficial page encourages voters in the seat of Goulburn to vote Nationals, claiming the Liberals “don’t get regional NSW”.

It says Ms Goward has “failed DOCS and failed Goulburn” and casts her as being the “weak link” in cabinet.

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