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Liberal state director quits

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The backroom bloodletting has begun within SA Liberal ranks as state director Sascha Meldrum vacates her role – insisting she always intended to do so now.

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Meldrum’s future in the position has been the subject of speculation since the party’s disastrous state election loss, and she told members yesterday “I put in my notice a few weeks ago to ensure a smooth transition to a new state director after the federal election”.

“It has always been my intention to hang up the boots this year after both elections,” she wrote.

“I have decided to resign as state director to take up new opportunities in the private sector.”

She said the Liberal Party was “a strong and proud grassroots party that reflects the commonsense approach and good values of so many Australians”, adding it was “great to be a part of some fantastic election wins, boundary redistribution wins and preselection contests”.

Her announcement came just hours after Barker MP Tony Pasin called for heads to roll, telling ABC Radio the party’s former Boothby stronghold, which fell to Labor on Saturday, was “a seat we could have won with a more effectual campaign”.

“I don’t think we are the strongest campaign unit in the country and we need to be,” he said.

“I think there are some senior people involved in the operation of elections in our state who need to perhaps consider their position going forward.”

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