Push to empower rank-and-file members is set to come to a head at the state conference, pitching Julie Bishop’s faction against Mathias Cormann’s

The West Australian Liberal party is facing a potentially bruising fight over its preselection process, with members trying to replicate the voting reforms championed by Tony Abbott in New South Wales.

A special meeting of the party’s state executive was held in Perth on Wednesday evening to discuss the reform proposals but the fiery meeting ended in disagreement.

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