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NSW Liberal rank and file warn of bitter fight ahead over candidate selection reforms -

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The Liberal Party in New South Wales is being warned it faces a bitter fight, and possibly a takeover by the Federal party, if it fails to carry out reforms demanded by the rank and file.

Changes voted on at the weekend to give ordinary members more say in candidate selection were championed by former prime minister Tony Abbott.

But there are more hurdles ahead.

Changing the way MPs are selected needs approval by the 600 member State Council, and that body is controlled by the very factional warlords and lobbyists who don't want change at all.

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