A retiring Liberal Party MP has recommended Liberal voters consider backing other parties in the upper house on Saturday because his own party has presented a "sliced white bread ticket" that does not have a single female Liberal candidate in a winnable position.
Charlie Lynn, who used his valedictory speech to blast the Liberal Party's "misogynistic factional warlords", said he is prepared to vote for candidates from other parties in a bid to find women and people of migrant backgrounds who represent his area of multicultural south-west Sydney.
"I am not going to support the Liberal Party ticket," he told Fairfax Media.
"I am going to vote for the candidates I think best serve what I stand for and I can't think of too many candidates on that ticket who do."
"That may mean I go down the ticket to find a woman. If there are not enough women on that ticket, I will vote for that person [other than a Coalition-endorsed candidate]."
Polls suggest the NSW Coalition has a realistic chance of getting nine candidates elected to the Legislative Council. Based on that, just one female, Bronnie Taylor, a National Party member, will be elected to the likely Baird government.
The upper-house vote is critical if Mr Baird is to ensure smooth passage of the "poles and wires" privatisation, with possible balance of power parties like the Shooters and Fishers, intractably opposed to the sell-off plan.
At tenth spot on the ticket, Hollie Hughes is the first female offered by the Liberal Party but she is unlikely to win.
By comparison, Labor has preselected four women in its first nine upper-house candidates and the Greens have six.
Mr Lynn's warning came as Victorian Liberal powerbroker Michael Kroger said the party faced electoral annihilation if it did not renew. He said the party was one of old people and "careerist MPs" and needed to toughen up and learn from the recruitment tactics of the Greens.
Jackie Kelly, who left the Liberal Party to run as an independent against NSW Police Minister Stuart Ayres in the seat of Penrith, said there were "five people" running the party and "WASPY apparatchiks" were now the favoured candidates.
Ms Kelly, one of John Howard's favourite ministers from the "class of '96", left the party late last year and will run against Police Minister Stuart Ayres on a platform of opposing an airport at Badgery's Creek.
Mr Lynn, who served 19 years in the upper-house, had wanted Vietnamese refugee and former Joe Hockey staffer Dai Le to replace him as the candidate representing south-west Sydney and fought hard against the selection of Wollondilly councillor Lou Amato, the candidate backed by Mr Lynn's former protege, Mental Health Minister Jai Rowell.
He will vote Liberal in the lower house and said Mike Baird has the potential to be the "greatest premier this State has ever known"
The Vietnam veteran who has guided hundreds of people along the Kokoda Track, said if the party "takes a hit" in the upper-house, the Liberal state executive and state director Tony Nutt should be held responsible.