INDI voters remain in the dark as to who the major contenders will be at the next federal election with a snap poll unable to be ruled out with the latest leadership dramas in Canberra.
But the Coalition parties haven’t started a preselection process for the next election which could lead to Ms McGowan deciding to seek another term.
The Border Mail asked Ms McGowan’s office on Wednesday morning if she would stand if an early election was called and whether a change of Liberal leader from Malcolm Turnbull to Peter Dutton would have any influence over her decision.
No comment has been forthcoming to date.
The Liberals and Nationals contested Indi at the most recent federal election in 2016 as a result of Ms McGowan’s victory over Liberal Sophie Mirabella three years earlier.
Indi Liberal federal electorate chairman Tony Schneider said he hoped his party’s preselection could open shortly rather than the party’s administrative committee select a candidate.
This month the administrative committee endorsed all Victorian federal MPs and remaining spots on the Liberal Upper House ticket for the state election.
“We are ready to start the process,” Mr Schneider said.
“We would like to get on with it and as soon as possible have someone out there.
“We don’t know when the election is going to be, but we think there is a bit of urgency to get it going.
“We wouldn’t like to be caught in the situation where an election was called and we still hadn’t identified our preferred candidate.”
A traditional member-vote preselection generally takes five weeks to conduct and the successful candidate given at least 10 months lead-in to an election.
Indi Nationals president Simon Williamson referred all comment on preselection to head office, but confirmed no date had been set.
The Nationals last contested Farrer in 2001 when former Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer retired.
Ms Ley beat Nationals candidate Bill Bott.
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