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Liberal State president Norman Moore picks fight on WA secession

The WA Liberal Party faces a showdown this weekend with State president Norman Moore to challenge the might of powerbrokers with a push to kickstart an investigation into WA seceding from the Commonwealth.

Mr Moore will also move for an inquiry into the constitution of the WA Liberals as part of efforts to give grassroots members a greater say in selecting candidates for State and Federal elections.

It is understood he plans to push again for the two controversial measures at a meeting of the WA Liberal State council on Saturday that were rejected at a council meeting last month.

The attempt is seen as a major test of Mr Moore’s leadership in the face of the control of a handful of powerbrokers.

Some are questioning whether he could quit as party boss should his motions be rejected again. The showdown looms as the party continues to bicker about the reasons for the thumping State election loss.

Senior party figures admit they have limited contact with former premier Colin Barnett.

Mr Moore will push for a committee to explore the “option of WA becoming a financially independent State”. It would include former senator Alan Eggleston and party figures Murray Nixon and Helen Morton.

Many in the party claim the WA Liberals are now controlled almost entirely by powerbrokers Federal minister Mathias Cormann and State MPs Peter Collier and Nick Goiran.

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