Ray King: Liberal candidate for McMahon Photo: Supplied
The sister of controversial former policeman Roger Rogerson is working on the election campaign of Ray King, the Liberal Party candidate for the western Sydney seat of McMahon.
Mr King is under pressure after Fairfax Media revealed on Friday that he had been called to front the 1996 Wood royal commission on police corruption.
He admitted to being one of a group of Fairfield detectives who provided informal security services to the Italian community Marconi Club in exchange for free meals and alcohol.
He was also the subject of an internal affairs investigation over his association with Cabramatta brothel owner Salvatore ''Sammy'' Lapa. The pair were seen drinking together at the Marconi Club.
The revelation put Opposition Leader Tony Abbott under pressure to back or sack Mr King. But Mr Abbott has little option for dumping him, with nominations for the election now locked in.
Still, the matter is a bad look for the Liberal Party in western Sydney and has once again raised questions over the party's preselection processes.
Mr Abbott said Mr King was a ''highly respected policeman'' who was promoted three times after the royal commission. No adverse findings were made against him.
Fairfax Media has learnt that Mr King is a long-term friend of Mr Rogerson, the former detective who was jailed for perverting the course of Justice in 1990.
Mr King, a former local area commander at Liverpool, had a 40-year career before gaining preselection in McMahon. A senior Liberal source said Mr King had declared everything during his nomination process.