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Friendships broken, but it's time to move on: Humphries

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Stephanie Anderson

NEWS: Gary Humphries concedes defeat at the Canberra divisional council, Rex Hotel, Canberra. 27th March 2013. Photo by MELISSA ADAMS of The Canberra Times.

NEWS: Gary Humphries concedes defeat at the Canberra divisional council, Rex Hotel, Canberra. 27th March 2013. Photo by MELISSA ADAMS of The Canberra Times. Photo: Melissa Adams

Senator Gary Humphries is yet to contact Zed Seselja after his hopes for winning the bitter preselection feud were quashed at last night's Liberal Party meeting.

However Mr Humphries has ruled out any further challenges, saying Federal Labor represented a "bigger enemy than fellow Liberals".

Last night a motion to overturn Mr Seselja's Senate preselection victory over the incumbent Senator Humphries and hold the ballot again was voted down by 168 votes to 138 at The Rex Hotel in Braddon.

Speaking on ABC 666, Mr Humphries said he had no complaints about the process of the meeting, after which Zed Seselja emerged as the ACT Liberals Senate candidate.

“It didn’t come my way,” Mr Humphries said.

“I need to be seriously thinking about my career post politics.”

Mr Humphries said he used to consider himself as a mentor to Mr Seselja, but acknowledged that the preselection feud had broken several friendships.

“There are a few people who certainly aren’t on exchanging Christmas card terms in the party,” he said.

Both he and Mr Seselja said it was time for the party to move on.

“The party has overwhelmingly spoken and I think this will be the end of it,” Mr Seselja said.

“I think it’s important for the party to move on.”

On the radio this morning, Mr Seselja said people who couldn’t stand behind the party should consider their membership.

“Maybe they should consider why they are part of the Liberal Party,” he said.

Mr Seselja added that former party president Gary Kent “would obviously be one of those individuals who should be asking themselves that question”.

He said he had made no firm decision on his Legislative Assembly role as yet, but would be stepping down before the Federal Election to campaign full time.

Mr Seselja said it was too early to know if Mr Humphries would play a part in that campaign, noting that neither the senator or Opposition Leader Tony Abbott had contacted him yet.

 

5 comments

  • The more things change, the more they stay the same......

    Commenter
    Badger
    Location
    Canberra
    Date and time
    March 28, 2013, 9:15AM
    • This whole episode has tainted Zed as toxic and untrustworthy. I wonder if he'll be able to shake it off in time for the election or if the ACT voters will trust him enough to let it go.

      Gary Humphries was a tried and tested Senator that the ACT voters had elected into office several times over a ten year period, they were comfortable with him - and Zed took that away from them. They might not like it, they might punish him.

      Commenter
      yumq
      Location
      Reid
      Date and time
      March 28, 2013, 10:18AM
      • Gary Humphries has been a complete dud in the Senate. It was his consolation prize for losing an election to Jon Stanhope. Now they want give Zed a consolation prize for losing to Jon Stanhope AND Katy Gallagher. Replacing a one time dud with a two time dud.

        I would not be at all surprised if the second Senate seat goes to the Greens on the "anybody but Zed" vote alone.

        Commenter
        James
        Date and time
        March 28, 2013, 11:55AM
    • Sad but more often than not the nice bloke comes second.

      Commenter
      BIGGLES
      Location
      ACT
      Date and time
      March 28, 2013, 10:20AM
      • The problem lies not with the end result but the way that result was achieved. Had it been seen as a clean preselection then all would be fine. But with all the controversy over the original preselection, of course there will be division. What's the old saying - united we stand, divided we fall. Could be good advice for both major parties these days.

        Commenter
        DuffyMum
        Date and time
        March 28, 2013, 10:30AM
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