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‘Rising star’ Seselja tipped for Coalition front bench

By Charlotte Harper - 4 July 2016 11

Zed Seselja

Though it remains unclear whether the Coalition will be able to form government, the Australian Financial Review has this morning reported that ACT Liberals Senator Zed Seselja is one of two names most mentioned by fellow conservative MPs as a potential for promotion to Malcolm Turnbull’s ministry and described him as a “rising star” among the conservatives in the Liberal Party (actually they said rising start, but we knew what they meant).

Senator Seselja has not reached the quota required to be re-elected and the Greens have yet to officially concede, but Senator Seselja is expected to take the ACT’s second seat when the count resumes on Tuesday. He is currently sitting on 0.9557 of a quota with Labor Senator Katy Gallagher on 1.1458 and the Greens on 0.5106. Senator Gallagher has won with increased majority.

The ALP's candidates for the Senate and House of Representatives in the ACT.

In the House of Representatives, all three of Labor’s Canberra and region candidates were victorious, with Gai Brodtmann returned with an increased majority in Canberra, Andrew Leigh back with a swing towards him also, and bellwether veteran Mike Kelly (pictured below) winning Eden-Monaro resoundingly after a term watching Peter Hendy from the sidelines during the last Parliament.

Mike Kelly

There will be no further results to report until tomorrow, when counting continues.

In the Financial Review article, under the headline ‘Abbott’s forces demand a greater role’, Philip Coorey has this to say on Senator Seselja’s front bench prospects:

“Mr Turnbull will be under extreme pressure to at least fill the vacancies with conservatives. Rising starts [sic] like ACT Liberal Senator Zed Seselja and Victorian MP Michael Sukkar are the names most mentioned among conservatives.”

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‘Rising star’ Seselja tipped for Coalition front bench
HenryBG 10:58 am 15 Jul 16

Peter Smith said :

Christina Hobbs? Some gracious concession words is what you do at this point.

Why? She’s not the incumbant, nor is she a front-runner.
And based on the disgusting misogynistic attitude of Seselja’s team, she shouldn’t even acknowledge his existence.

JC 6:55 am 15 Jul 16

Mordd / Chris Richards said :

Robert Gunning was in Fenner for the Liberals. I still don’t know if he was Senate or Federal ?

How come we don’t hear about him or others before the election ? (Last election we had a female candidate) Are they all first timers just having a crack ?

All I hear about or know about Canberra Liberals is ZED and he isn’t my electorate . It’s like he is the only Federal Liberal candidate in the ACT ?

Zed is a Senator so if you live in the ACT, anywhere in the ACT he is in your ‘electorate’.

Only reason you heard just from him was elsewhere the Libs had zero chance of getting up. So why waste money pushing candidates who won’t win.

Sad thing is us these candidates think they stand a chance so spend their own money and time promoting themselves in the vain hope of getting in. An uncle of mine was a candidate for a safe labor seat in Sydney a few elections back and is very bitter and twisted about how the party machine treated him. He now votes labor. Though should admit he came from a very working class family that were labor people and only defected to the Libs over a state issue he felt strongly for. Told him at the time he was crazy, if a state issue is your platform go for state politics not federal.

So guess what I am saying is the machine used him and his money to fill a void with a liberal candidate on s ballot paper.

No doubt same happens in labor party too.

Masquara 9:44 pm 14 Jul 16

Christina Hobbs? Some gracious concession words is what you do at this point.

gazket 9:29 pm 14 Jul 16

Robert Gunning was in Fenner for the Liberals. I still don’t know if he was Senate or Federal ?

How come we don’t hear about him or others before the election ? (Last election we had a female candidate) Are they all first timers just having a crack ?

All I hear about or know about Canberra Liberals is ZED and he isn’t my electorate . It’s like he is the only Federal Liberal candidate in the ACT ?

Holditz 8:09 pm 14 Jul 16

ABC reported this afternoon that Zed Seselja had made quota, and thus re-elected to the Senate for a second term.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-14/election-2016-senator-zed-seselja-reaches-quota-for-re-election/7629066

HenryBG 10:29 am 05 Jul 16

I think it’s hilarious that the Liberal Party, conned by Rupert Murdoch into becoming a sort of tea-party-friendly group pandering to the extremist fruitloops who deny climate science (and think vandalising the NBN was a good idea) and thus frittering away its support from middle Australia, is going to listen to Rupert Murdoch – AGAIN – and veer back towards the Tea Party as a reaction to the damage it did to itself by veering towards the tea party in the first place.

Maybe Rupert Murdoch is actually a secret socialist and this is all part of his plan to completely destroy the Australian Liberals just as he has used Fox to destroy the US Republican Party?

bulldog600 2:12 pm 04 Jul 16

rising star? lol the guy is a goose.

Garfield 11:43 am 04 Jul 16

The last thing the ACT Liberals need if they want to win local government and have a real go at the seats of Canberra and Fraser is more Seselja control of the party through more staffers. It will take the party further to the right and make it even less relevant to the majority of residents.

Lenient 11:18 am 04 Jul 16

needs another sic:

“Mr Turnbull will be under extreme pressure to at least fill the vacancies with conservatives. Rising starts [sic] like ACT Liberal Senator Zed Seselja [sic] and Victorian MP Michael Sukkar are the names most mentioned among conservatives.”

sorted

HenryBG 11:13 am 04 Jul 16

The ACT Liberal senator who was instrumental in scotching what was going to be lots of jobs and growth through the construction of a gas-fired power station and data centre next to the Mugga tip is going to be on the front bench of a “jobs and growth” government?

Wouldn’t happen if grown-ups were in charge.

Holden Caulfield 9:12 am 04 Jul 16

I made sure Zed was #22 on my ballot, so it’s not my fault.

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