Carles admits odds against her in Freo race
Adele Carles is hopeful of serving another term as the member for Fremantle. File picture: Nic Ellis/The West Australian

Controversial Fremantle MP Adele Carles has confirmed she will recontest the Fremantle seat at the State election on March 9.

The independent MP is currently embroiled in a $3 million defamation case brought by her former lover, Treasurer Troy Buswell, after she made several comments about him to the media.

Ms Carles said she was hopeful of serving another term as the member for Fremantle.

“I am the first to admit that the odds are stacked against me, but a win is possible if I poll ahead of the Greens candidate and pick up Greens and Liberal preferences to get across the line,” she said.

“The polling indicates that the Liberals will win the election, so now is not a good time for Fremantle to revert to being a safe Labor seat.”
The defamation matter is due back in the WA Supreme Court three days before the poll.

The court action began after Ms Carles claimed in a newspaper article that Mr Buswell had been drunk and behaved inappropriately towards seafood empire boss Nick Kailis at a 2011 Christmas party.

Ms Carles also sent a series of controversial tweets that were later deleted.

At a press conference she revealed further personal details of their relationship, even producing a card he sent pleading for a reconciliation.

Mr Buswell’s lawyers filed a defamation writ against Ms Carles soon after, seeking aggravated damages from the former Greens MP as well as a “permanent injunction” against her.

The writ alleges Ms Carles defamed Mr Buswell nine times in interviews and on Twitter.

The matter is the latest in a series of embarrassments during Mr Buswell’s political career.

He was forced to resign as treasurer in 2010 amid allegations he misused entitlements during his affair with Ms Carles, but was cleared of any wrongdoing.

In 2008, Mr Buswell stood down as WA Liberal leader following allegations of lewd conduct in which he admitted to sniffing the chair of a female Liberal staffer and snapping a Labor staffer’s bra.

The West Australian

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