The WA Nationals have refused to meet with WA Labor to discuss preferences because they think they have already done a deal with the Liberals.
This comes as WA Nationals leader Brendon Grylls reportedly said Labor had a “secret deal” with the Liberals to preference them ahead of his party. The suggestion is crucial because many seats being chased by the WA Nationals, including Kalgoorlie, could be determined by preferences.
Labor secretary Simon Mead told the Kalgoorlie Miner his opposite number, WA Nationals president Colin Holt, had refused to meet him despite repeated attempts.
Mr Mead also claimed WA Nationals candidates had “melted their phones” to try to entice Labor to meet over preferences in spite of Mr Holt’s refusal to meet.
But Mr Mead denied a final decision had been made.
“I don’t know what our decision is going to be because we haven’t met with all the parties yet, ” he said.“We are not targeting the National Party. I expect we will preference Liberal and Nationals 50-50 but we are not targeting anybody.”