Beazley battles Kernot

DEPUTY prime minister and heir apparent to the Labor leadership, Kim Beazley, is in danger of losing his seat of Brand following the Democrats’ decision this week to direct their preferences to the liberals in all marginal seats of Western Australia. A spokesman for Democrats leader Senator Cheryl Kernot said the party had retaliated after the WA branch of the ALP directed all its preferences to the WA Greens. Senator Kernot and Mr Beazley unleashed a verbal barrage against each other yesterday with Mr Beazley claiming the Democrats assumed moral superiority over the other parties but "lacked integrity" by putting a two-sided card with preferences to Liberals on both sides. Senator Kernot said Mr Beazley was "the person who cut 15,000 jobs from Telecom … (and) sold the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. He’s been hiding behind Paul Keating’s record, and he doesn’t deserve it [Brand].”

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