In six months’ time, by May 18, 2019, Australian residents will have elected the next Commonwealth government.
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Meanwhile in Gilmore, a marginal electorate extending from Kiama to Tuross Head, one of two major political parties is yet to name a candidate.
Of 23 federal seats in NSW held by the Liberal Party, Gilmore is one of three which remains without an official candidate – along with Wentworth, the seat vacated by ex-PM Malcolm Turnbull, and Hughes, where incumbent Craig Kelly has been challenged at preselection by vice-president of the NSW division of the Liberal Party, Kent Johns.
It is understood in NSW, Liberal Party resources have been pooled into the senate preselection process, which takes place on the weekend.
Some local Liberal Party branch members are concerned endorsement in Gilmore will not be finalised until the new year, leaving Labor’s Fiona Phillips free to campaign unopposed.
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