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If a predicted swing of at least five per cent against Labor materialise, Jayme Diaz would be the first Filipino Australian MP in the federal parliament, observers say.
At least from New South Wales – as a young Filipino Australian lady is also known to be running for federal Adelaide.
The youthful Diaz, a Blacktown migration lawyer, was preselected last Saturday March 9 at the Parramatta Leagues Club as the Liberal candidate for Greenway in Western Sydney.
Diaz won 69-27 over his closest rival Brett Murray.
His win, according to observers, was on account of his father’s strong control over Blacktown’s four branches.
His father is Blacktown City Councillor Jess Diaz who made a very strong showing in last year’s local elections winning for the Liberals two seats out of three in his ward against one for the seating mayor Cr Alan Pendleton. In the process, Liberal gained leadership of a “hung” Blacktown City Council after more than two decades of Labor control.
For the young Diaz, it will be a replay of the 2010 federal election when he contested the Greenway seat against Labor Michelle Rowland.
Rowland won the seat over Diaz in a hotly contested battle with only a margin of 1,400 votes.