NATIONALS candidate in the Victorian election Gaelle Broad has not ruled out seeking preselection the upcoming federal election, but says she has not been approached by the party to put her hand up for the seat of Mallee.
Nationals incumbent Andrew Broad said this week he would not re-contest the northern Victorian safe seat of Mallee following revelations he travelled to Hong Kong and dined with a younger woman he met online, charging taxpayers for the domestic leg of the trip.
Party president Larry Anthony was reported this week saying he would like a female candidate for the seat.
Victorian senator and federal deputy leader Bridget McKenzie is speculated to be a potential candidate if she chose preselection.
Ms McKenzie recently moved her electoral office from Bendigo to Wodonga and, according to a campaign worker, has been canvassing voters in the seat of Indi which is held by independent Cathy McGowan.
Under electoral boundary changes this year, the seat of Mallee has a boundary with the seat of Bendigo only a short distance from the central Victorian city, and includes Maryborough, Mildura in the north, the South Australian border and the Grampians in the south.
Gaelle Broad is a distant relative of Andrew Broad.
Her campaign for the seat of Bendigo East drew Mr Broad and Nationals federal leader Michael McCormack to the Bendigo East electorate in support.
Ms Broad has previously told the Bendigo Weekly she was only interested in state politics, but said yesterday she had “yet to decide whether I will run at a federal level”.
She said Mr Broad’s revelations and his subsequent resignation from a ministerial role were completely unexpected.