Recruitment drive in churches divides Victorian Liberals Mr Bastiaan and the membership committee have the "full support" of party president Michael Kroger, who agrees that the party needs to increase its membership of about 12,500, which is ageing.
Former Family First candidates have signed up, including respected HIV specialist Dr Ivan Stratov, who is now talking to his networks, including the Mormons, about politics. Mr Bastiaan's partner, Stephanie Ross, a prominent pro life advocate, is also involved. She runs the conservative Menzies Warrandyte Young Liberals, who have run fundraisersfor federal MPs Kevin Andrews and Michael Sukkar. "They are focusing on people who should be the DLP [Democratic Labour Party]," another critic of the recruitment drive said. Mr Bastiaan, who also sits on the powerful administrative committee, has dismissed concerns about the recruitment drive, saying allegations of branch stacking were "utter rubbish". "We are talking toall liberal minded peopleabout joining the party," he said."Our membership is collapsing. If we don't start thinking about membership and being representative oflike minded people, then in time it will no longer exist." The Liberal Party, he said, was failing to represent aspirational voters. He also hit out at the stream of former staffers who were constantly running for preselection. "Bringing a tray of Anzac biscuits to curry favour with elderly preselection delegates is not the way to beat the Labor Party," he said. Mr Bastiaan dismissed the "Christian" tag, saying that to his knowledge less than a third of new memberswould identify themselves asChristians. He said critics were using talks with church groups as a tool to attack him. "This is a desperate louis vuitton purses damier canvas attempt from elements of thetraditional factional structure in Victoria against new members," Mr Bastiaan said. "The party membership is delighted new members are turning up to meetings and offering to help." Mr Kroger said it would be "irresponsible" notto recruit.
"We need new members if we are going to combat GetUp and the trade unions; the party louis vuitton shoes size 8 needs thousands of new members," Mr Kroger said. The powerful admin committee, which meets next week, has had some discussions about an internal auditor, but no action has been ordered to the disappointment of concerned figures. Dr Stratov said he had louis vuitton purses pre owned been explainingabout the political process to thoseinterested and that the Liberal Party was one of only two that could hold government louis vuitton shoes authentic.
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