More drama for Lib­er­als

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - THE SNITCH -

THE Lib­er­als are set to run a male can­di­date in the fed­eral seat of Indi for the first time in 20 years, po­ten­tially open­ing the way for the Na­tion­als’ Brid­get McKen­zie to throw her hat into the ring.

So­phie Mirabella held the north-east Vic­to­rian seat for 12 years for the Lib­er­als be­fore in­de­pen­dent Cathy McGowan won in 2013.

Ms McGowan, 65, is yet to con­firm if she will con­test the 2019 elec­tion and a com­mu­nity group, Voices 4 Indi, is meet­ing in Jan­uary to dis­cuss a “suc­ces­sion process”.

Se­na­tor McKen­zie, who is the Na­tion­als’ deputy leader, is un­der­stood to still be con­sid­er­ing a tilt at run­ning for the lower house.

It was re­ported in Oc­to­ber that she would move her elec­toral of­fice from Bendigo to Wodonga next year, which would set her up for Indi.

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