Myrtleford Times

Martin no to pre-selection

- BY STEVE KELLY skelly@ nemedia.com.au

FORMER Liberal candidate Steve Martin has confirmed he will not be running for pre-selection at the next federal election.

Pre-selection for the Australian Liberal Party opened last week but Mr Martin told North East Media he won’t be putting his name forward for pre-selection.

As a first time candidate for Indi, Mr Martin actually polled 35.09 per cent of the primary vote compared to 32.35 per cent for independen­t candidate Helen Haines, however, after preference­s were counted, Dr Haines won the seat.

Mr Martin, with 48.6 per cent of the two-candidate-preferred vote, gained a 4.1 per cent swing, but Dr Haines won the seat with 51.4 per cent of the vote.

Independen­t Cathy McGowan had previously held Indi with a margin of 5.5 per cent over former Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella.

Mr Martin would not elaborate on the reasons behind why he would not contest pre-selection.

Indi Liberal FEC chair Tony Schneider said the pre-selection for the Liberal Party opened on Tuesday and people who wish to be endorsed as the Liberal candidate have to complete an applicatio­n.

“It’s a party wide call for nomination­s and there is no closing date for these at this stage,” Mr Schneider said.

“Now the nomination­s are open it's the first test to see who's interested and we’ll then go through the process and pre-selected nominees will face the members of the party for election to be endorsed.”

Every seat which there isn't a sitting Nationals member you can expect to see a Liberal candidate, said Mr Schneider.

 ?? PHOTO: Mel Guy ?? NOT THIS TIME: Former Indi candidate Steve Martin (right) with Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Wangaratta days before the 2019 election.
PHOTO: Mel Guy NOT THIS TIME: Former Indi candidate Steve Martin (right) with Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Wangaratta days before the 2019 election.
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