They are competitors in an Indi seat that is up for grabs, but Liberal candidate Steve Martin and the Nationals' Mark Byatt keep finding themselves side-by-side during the campaign.
The situation occurred again on Thursday when, as Coalition candidates, they both wanted to be involved in Sports Minister Bridget McKenzie's announcement of $10 million for Baranduda Fields.
Asked if the situation was a bit awkward, Mr Martin was not phased.
"If you're worried about being awkward then politics is the wrong game for you," he said.
Liberal Senator Jane Hume was in attendance to back the party's candidate, but in the official speeches, deputy National Party leader Senator McKenzie endorsed Mr Byatt for the seat.
"I would be very surprised if Bridget said anything differently, I'm not at all surprised and don't feel left out," Mr Martin said.
"I certainly think we can describe it as friendly competition.
"There's no doubt that we've each got our case to make."
Mr Byatt, who arrived at the funding announcement by Senator McKenzie's side, said he believed in the Coalition between the two parties.
"Steve and I work very well together, we have regular conversations and that's what you would expect," he said.
"But we're both different individuals, we bring different expertise to the able and I think that's important."
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