Liberal Party investigated leak of Katherine Deves’ Warringah nomination form

The form reveals Deves worked as a paralegal with MDW Law for two years until June 2021 and as a lawyer with Mitry Lawyers for four months until January this year. She also volunteered at Primary Ethics teaching ethics to NSW primary school students.

She ticked “no” on a question asking whether she had ever made public comments that could be considered “of an extreme or offensive nature”.

As first reported by News.com.au and the Daily Telegraph, Deves warned the Liberal Party she had been involved in “controversial issues” through her organisation Save Women’s Sport Australasia, which “lobbies and advocates for a dedicated female sports category for women and girls”.

Deves listed her social media accounts on the form, including a since-deleted profile on Gettr, a Twitter-like platform targeted at American conservatives and “founded on the principles of free speech, independent thought and rejecting political censorship and ‘cancel culture’.”

Individuals in the NSW Liberal Party are furious about the leaking of the document to multiple media outlets, adding to frustrations in the state division over preselections, factional games and ongoing leaks to journalists.

It is understood an internal investigation is underway. A NSW Liberal Party spokesman, who is also acting as a spokesman for the Deves campaign, declined to comment.

Nolan was also contacted for comment. She has accompanied Deves to several campaign events, including last Friday’s function at Forestville RSL, and has told people she is Deves’ campaign manager – though the Liberal Party denies this.

Steggall, who separated from her ex-husband in 2006, has described Nolan’s involvement in the Deves’ campaign as a “deliberately provocative move” and a “new low”.

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