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Sherry Sufi dumped by WA Liberals again

AAP logoAAP 2/08/2016 Greg Roberts

One-time Liberal candidate for Fremantle Sherry Sufi has been dumped by the party for a third time in three months - on this occasion from the list of speakers at the party's state conference next week.

Mr Sufi, who was forced to quit as a candidate and policy committee chairman after a series of embarrassing incidents, was due to give a "special presentation" at the WA Liberal conference on Saturday, August 13.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who raised eyebrows during the election campaign by snubbing the then candidate Mr Sufi when he visited Fremantle, is also due to speak.

The final straw for Pakistani-born 33-year-old Mr Sufi as a candidate was a media report in May about him being taped using crude sexual language while mocking former boss, WA MP Michael Sutherland.

His published views in articles linking same-sex marriage to polygamy and opposing indigenous recognition in the constitution also attracted negative publicity - while getting support from some conservatives - and there were claims he had embellished his CV.

He was due to give a speech representing the Liberal policy committee until the conference agenda was leaked to the media this week.

The party denies it has dumped him from the speakers list to avoid any embarrassment or risk in front of Mr Turnbull that Mr Sufi might criticise the party over his treatment.

When asked about being scrapped from the conference, Mr Sufi told AAP he understood that the party has to be circumspect at times.

"I look forward to attending state conference and participating in the debate on policy motions," he said.

A party spokesman denied the decision had anything to do with Mr Sufi or the PM, saying the agenda had been rejigged.

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