Remember when Malcolm Turnbull told the party faithful at the Liberal Conference in October 2015, that the Liberal party 'are not run by factions' and there were 'no backroom deals'. Really? Even the delegates laughed.
The Photios Faction Alicia Wood, The Telegraph, 20 April 2016
NSW Liberal Kingmaker Michael Photios is tightening his hold on the federal parliamentary Liberal party — expected to control a bloc of nine out of 23 NSW MPs after the election, and cementing himself as a powerbroker outside of Macquarie St.
The move has conservative Liberals concerned that the federal party is becoming more factional than ever before, and the culture of NSW is seeping into the capital. The lobbyist and former MP runs the dominant moderate faction in NSW, and has long exercised control over state parliament, but is now growing his empire in Canberra.
The Photios bloc after the election in the NSW lower house - MPs David Coleman (Banks), John Alexander (Bennelong), Paul Fletcher (Bradfield), Craig Laundy (Reid), Sussan Ley (Farrer), Russell Matheson (Macarthur), Fiona Scott (Lindsay), Trent Zimmerman (North Sydney) and Jason Falinski (Mackellar).