Macarthur and Hume Liberal candidates still unclear

Undecided: Macarthur MP Russell Matheson.
Undecided: Macarthur MP Russell Matheson.

Time is running out for Macarthur MP Russell Matheson to decide whether he will challenge Liberal colleague Angus Taylor for the seat of Hume at the next federal election.

The electoral boundaries of Mr Matheson’s current seat will shift further north as of the next election, meaning Camden – the home of his office – will be located in Hume.

As of two weeks ago the former Campbelltown mayor said he was still undecided whether he would contest his current seat or Hume.

However, Mr Matheson will have to make a decision soon with pre-selection nominations closing on Friday, February 19.

Incumbent: Hume MP Angus Taylor. Picture: Alex Ellinghausen

Incumbent: Hume MP Angus Taylor. Picture: Alex Ellinghausen

Talk of Mr Matheson challenging Mr Taylor caused a further divide among local Liberal Party ranks who were already at war.

Mr Taylor has been accused of siding with Camden councillor Penny Fischer, who has allegedly been behind an attempt to oust Camden state MP Chris Patterson and Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell at the next state and federal elections.

Mr Matheson has sided with Mr Patterson and Mr Rowell.

Cr Fischer has been accused of branch stacking and recruiting members from outside the Camden electorate to join the the Camden Young Liberals.

Both Cr Fischer and Mr Taylor said they would not comment on internal Liberal Party matters when contacted recently by the Advertiser.

It is believed Mr Matheson would have the numbers to secure pre-selection for the seat of Hume should he nominate.