CAN­BERRA CALL

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

SE­NIOR Lib­er­als are woo­ing NSW Trans­port Min­is­ter An­drew Con­stance to run for the mar­ginal fed­eral seat of Gil­more. The Sauce can re­veal a for­mal ap­proach was made to Con­stance shortly af­ter the res­ig­na­tion of sit­ting MP Ann Sud­malis last month. The Bega MP, who has pre­vi­ously con­sid­ered a jump to Can­berra, sub­se­quently con­fided in lo­cal Lib­er­als about such a move. How­ever, those close to the Bere­jik­lian govern­ment min­is­ter say he has so far cho­sen to stay put in Mac­quarie Street. For Con­stance to run, the party would have to re-open nom­i­na­tions, a prospect not en­tirely out of the ques­tion with the res­ig­na­tion of Sud­malis leav­ing just one can­di­date, Grant Schultz, to run af­ter oth­ers pulled out. With the seat held by a 0.7 per cent mar­gin, some Lib­er­als be­lieve only a high­pro­file can­di­date like Con­stance could stop it from chang­ing hands.

An­drew Con­stance.

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