Martin no to pre-selection
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.