University lecturer and barrister Hugh McDermott wins preselection as Labor’s candidate for the state seat of Prospect.
Fairfield Advance reported that Mr Khoshaba, the former Smithfield state MP, had been widely expected to stand for Labor at the March election until Mr McDermott used social media to announce not just the result but also the numbers in the vote, on Sunday.
“Thank you to all that have supported me and embraced change in Prospect,” Mr McDermott posted.
“The final result for the preselection ballot is Khoshaba 23, McDermott 76. The campaign to remove the Liberals from Prospect starts now.”
ALP sources said Mr Khoshaba’s chances were adversely affected by a credential check on members of the party’s Smithfield branch which saw about 70 members ruled ineligible to vote in the preselection.
Mr Khoshaba congratulated Mr McDermott. “While I am obviously disappointed for myself, the important thing is that the Labor Party gets behind Hugh because our area deserves better than the poor representation we have been getting from the Liberal Party.
“There will always be plenty of speculation about what goes on in a preselection. I won’t be participating in this speculation. Hugh McDermott now has my full support. The Labor Party and our community must always come first.”
Mr McDermott said he would campaign around the key areas of health and jobs.
He also denied speculation about how he had won the preselection battle.
“I haven’t done any deals,” he said.