Newcastle left off Liberal Party preselection list for state election

THE Liberal Party has called for preselection nominations for a number of State Parliament seats, but has excluded Newcastle from the list. Last week the party opened nominations for 21 seats across the state including Wallsend and Lake Macquarie, but also excluded the seat of Cessnock. The seat of Newcastle will be vacated by Tim Owen following ICAC hearings, which heard that illegal donors could have contributed to his campaign.