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Venus Priest and Jaymes Diaz, both of Filipino origin, will be the party’s candidates for Chifley and Greenway, respectively.
Priest was endorsed as Liberal’s candidate when previously selected candidate, David Barker, was dumped by the Federal opposition leadership for attacking Ed Husic, Labor candidate, for his Muslim faith.
Priest will be running against Ed Husic (Labor), Debbie Robertson (Greens), David Barker (now running as Independent), and Dave Vincent (Christian Democratic Party).
Diaz was a last-minute pre-selection candidate for Greenway when the sitting member Louise Markus decided to run for the neighbouring seat of Macquarie.
Diaz will be running against Labor Party candidate, Michelle Rowland, a senior lawyer in a Sydney-based law firm, and Paul Taylor (Greens).
According to the Liberal Party’s website, Priest operates a grocery store in Hassall Grove and has volunteered for a number of community groups, including working to help people with disabilities. Diaz is a legal practitioner who is also involved in the assisting youth in the community, particularly those from a Filipino background.
Chifley is a safe Labor seat in outer Western Sydney. Chifley has been held by the Labor Party since its proclamation in 1968-69. Mr Roger Price (ALP) who has served the electorate from 1984-2010 is to date the longest serving MP of Chifley.
The Chifley covers the suburbs of Arndell Park, Bidwill, Blackett, Colebee, Dean Park, Dharruk, Doonside, Emerton, Glendenning, Hassell Grove, Hebersham, Huntingwood, Lethbridge Park, Marayong, Minchinbury, Mt Druitt, Oakhurst, Plumpton, Rooty Hill, Ropes Crossing, Shalvey, Shanes Park, Tregear, Whalan, Wilmost, Woodcroft, and parts of Eastern Creek, Blacktown, Quakers Hill, Schofields, and Riverstone.
Greenway was first created in 1984, and was held relatively comfortably by the ALP throughout the 1980s and 1990s. The seat was first won by Russell Gorman in 1984. Gorman had previously held Chifley from 1983 until he moved to Greenway in 1984. He was succeeded by Frank Mossfield in 1996.
Mossfield retired at the 2004 election, and the ALP stood Ed Husic, while the Liberals stood Louise Markus where the latter won the seat.
Greenway covers the eastern parts of the City of Blacktown and some parts of Parramatta and Holroyd council areas. Suburbs include Lalor Park, Seven Hills, Blacktown, Toongabbie, Girraween, Pendle Hill, The Ponds and Riverstone.