LABOR candidate Gavin Hickey has been forced to resign from his job as a school teacher in Wodonga to continue campaigning for election in Farrer.
He spent his last day as a teacher Wodonga Middle Years College yesterday.
The Constitution forces anyone holding a government-paid job to resign before they can be elected.
Mr Hickey was announced as the Labor candidate in late May, and had to resign before yesterday’s internal party deadline.
He said he would appreciate the extra time to concentrate on campaigning.
“Just last week I had to decline a television interview, because I was in front of class all day,” he said.
“Teaching is not the sort of job where you can duck out for half an hour and it will be OK.
“On most days even answering a phone call is difficult.”
Mr Hickey plans to be more visible in the electorate starting with a campaign event at the New Albury Hotel tonight with Senator Ursula Stephens.
“The biggest down side is that I will miss my students,” he said.
“I teach four very good classes and it is a shame to leave them.”
A Victorian regulation allows for unsuccessful election candidates to be reappointed.