Peter Collier has declared he had nothing to do with Kate Lamont being rolled for Liberal preselection in Churchlands and says the suggestion he is a party powerbroker is "a cliche".
But the former schoolteacher and tennis coach does not deny he wields influence within the WA Liberal Party.
"Well I guess as a minister and someone who's been involved for 30 years, inevitably I'm going to wield some influence," Mr Collier, 53, said.
"If you're talking about me as an active participant in the Liberal Party, I will put my hand up and I do so proudly.
"I handed out my first how-to-vote card when I was 16 in Kalgoorlie. I'm a Liberal and I'm in the Parliament because of the Liberal Party.
"I was a branch president for 12 years and the Nedlands branch still has its monthly meetings here (his Subiaco home)."
Mr Collier described the controversial Churchlands preselection, which was reopened to allow the 11th-hour entrance of Ms Lamont, the Premier's hand-picked candidate, as "the most open since I've been involved" in the Liberal Party.
Ms Lamont was trounced 22-5 by former army Lt-Col Sean L'Estrange, prompting an extraordinary attack on the party from Colin Barnett, who said it had made a mistake by overlooking her. Mr Collier denied any role in the preselectors' decision.
"It's absolute garbage. In fact, I used any influence - so-called influence - that I had to open up the preselection to allow Kate in," he said. "To suggest I rolled the Premier is absolutely nonsensical."I have never in my life said to someone you must vote a particular way or you must think a particular way."
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