Despite reportedly being personally wooed by the Premier Gladys Berejiklian to run for the Libs, the former Liberal candidate and Fairfield councillor Dai Le will contest the safe Labor seat of Cabramatta as an independent at the upcoming NSW state election.
You will be waking up to tomorrow’s story in the Sunday Telegraph about my candidacy. Yes, I have put my hat in the ring to contest the State seat of Cabramatta as an Independent. This wasn’t a light decision.
— Dai Le (@dai_le) February 16, 2019
It is not the first time the high profile Vietnamese refugee has contested the seat. In October last year Le wrote for Women’s Agenda about her ‘unlikely’ decision to run for the seat ten years earlier.
In sharing the news she will try again this march she wrote:
“I contested the safe Labor seat twice as a Liberal in 2008 and 2011, turning the 30% margin seat into a marginal seat of 1.9%. In 2016, due to local politics between Labor and Liberal, I was expelled from the Liberal Party.”
She then ran as an independent and was elected councillor to one the diverse Fairfield City Council.
“I believe as an independent, including supporting the election of an Independent Mayor, we were able to implement changes to our local community. Imagine what can be done at a State level if we had an independent voice in Parliament of NSW.”
Following the fall out form the Liberal Party’s leadership spill in September last year Le wrote about her experience as a woman in the party.
“As an Asian woman who has traversed Liberal Party politics, I can personally say the experience has been enabling, not empowering. Enabling, because it has enabled me to be a stronger person, to withstand robust and aggressive behaviour and tactics; it has enabled me to choose. It has enabled me to take a lead from a different platform and it has enabled me to have a voice.”