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SA: Future of state Liberals to be decided today

Sat Jul 4 05:40:00 EST 2009

South Australia's Liberal Party hopes to end internal tension .. by deciding the future of embattled leader MARTIN HAMILTON-SMITH at a party meeting today.

Dissent over Mr HAMILTON-SMITH'S performance began several weeks ago .. when he presented to parliament documents accusing MIKE RANN'S Labor government .. of accepting illegal donations from a group with ties to the Church of Scientology.

The documents turned out to be forgeries .. and Mr HAMILTON-SMITH was forced to make a public apology.

So far only his current deputy .. VICKIE CHAPMAN .. has decided to stand against him for the top job.