Eden-Monaro's Mike Kelly. Photo: Katherine Griffiths
Former Labor MP Mike Kelly is tempted by a potential Senate position but says he's not a long-term proposition as he eyes a return to the lower house.
After losing his bellwether seat of Eden-Monaro at the federal election, Mr Kelly has shown an interest in switching to the upper house should former foreign minister Bob Carr relinquish his seat, as is highly anticipated.
''If the vacancy did come up and I did decide to put my hand up, what I would say is that it would only be temporary because it would be my intention to re-contest Eden-Monaro,'' Mr Kelly told Sky News on Sunday.
The former Army officer has made a ''cast-iron commitment'' to recontest the NSW south coast seat in 2016 should he continue along the political path.
But he is yet to decide whether to make a tilt at a place in the Senate.
''I have a number of options put to me that would take me overseas and have me doing very interesting things, but certainly if I took up that Senate position, if it became available, then I would make the commitment to run again in Eden-Monaro,'' he said.