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Taylor third high-profile Liberal exit

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Lisa Cox

Opposition leader Zed Seselja.

Opposition leader Zed Seselja. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

THE Canberra Liberals have lost another powerbroker with Victoria Taylor resigning as the party's general secretary.

Ms Taylor recently quit the position, making her the party's third high-profile departure since December.

Stephen Doyle stepped down from his position as Opposition Leader Zed Seselja's chief of staff last month and party president Tio Faulkner quit as Mr Seselja's director of electorate services.

The exodus has fuelled speculation that the Opposition Leader will contest a federal seat in the 2013 poll, but the party has played down the resignations as typical post-ACT election turnover.

Mr Seselja has refused to respond to rumours in the wake of the departures that he will have a tilt at either the Senate seat held by Gary Humphries, or the seat of Canberra, held by Labor's Gai Brodtmann.

A Liberal Party spokesman confirmed Ms Taylor had quit as general secretary, but would not discuss the reasons for her departure.

''After all the hard work of the election campaign, the general secretary for the Canberra Liberals has decided to move on to other pursuits,'' he said.

''The possibilities for a replacement will be discussed at the next management committee meeting as part of the normal course of business.''

The party is expected to elect a new general secretary, which is a voluntary role, at the end of this month.

Neither Mr Doyle nor Mr Faulkner have revealed their plans since stepping down, but Mr Doyle is considering a move into the federal arena to work on the 2013 campaign in the ACT.

In November, after Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury agreed to another minority government partnership with ACT Labor, Mr Seselja did not rule out a shift at some point into federal politics.

Mr Doyle said this week that he would make his decision sometime in February, but he had nothing further to add since confirming his resignation last month.

''It's going to be a big year for the Liberal Party … I'm chatting with various people but I haven't made a decision,'' he said at the time.

''The unique position of being in the ACT with the location of Parliament is that there are federal options as well as local opportunities.

''There's opportunities that would mean I don't have to move.''

- with Michael Inman

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