Support for dumped WA MP ‘dwindled’ before news reports, defamation trial told

Support for dumped federal MP Dennis Jensen was dwindling before controversial news reports about him were published, a defamation trial has heard.

Dennis Jensen in Parliament in 2009.

Dennis Jensen in Parliament in 2009. Credit:AAP

Dr Jensen is suing News Corp’s publishing arm Nationwide News and journalist Andrew Burrell over two articles in The Australian days before the 2016 pre-selection contest, arguing they were a major reason for his 57-7 loss.

The WA Supreme Court heard no pre-selectors for the safe Liberal seat of Tangney spoke in favour of Dr Jensen before they cast their vote.

One of them, Bruce McGregor, said Dr Jensen phoned him before the meeting, asking if he was a supporter in a brief, awkward conversation that ended with: «If you don’t vote for me, it means you’re going to give me the sack.»




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