Former member for Eden-Monaro Mike Kelly.

Former member for Eden-Monaro Mike Kelly. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

Defeated Labor MP Mike Kelly is publicly confirming he would like to enter the Senate.

The Canberra Times reported last week Dr Kelly was being urged to put up his hand for the Senate vacancy expected to be created by the resignation of former foreign minister Bob Carr.

The former Army officer is being promoted as a ''good fit'' for the Senate where he would be able to debate directly with the new Defence Minister David Johnston.

He is also considering working for the United Nations or overseas think tanks.

Dr Kelly was the Member for Eden-Monaro for six years until defeated at the recent election by Liberal candidate Peter Hendy, with a swing of almost 5 per cent against Labor in the electorate.

Mr Hendy has not yet claimed victory, however the declaration of the poll is expected within days.

If Dr Kelly was given the Senate spot, against Labor insiders who want to put a woman into the vacancy, he would establish an electorate office in Queanbeyan.

From there, he could help Labor's campaigns in Eden-Monaro, Hume and Gilmore, and would keep his options open to contest Eden-Monaro again.

Outgoing Labor Robertson MP Deb O'Neill has also put her hand up for the senate vacancy and is reported to have the backing of the NSW Labor branch.

Dr Kelly has made it clear he considers a post in the Senate as a short term option.

"Bob Carr has been a great servant to the party and the nation and he should be allowed to make up his mind about these things in his own good time,'' he told Fairfax Media on Tuesday.

"People have been urging me to consider this it if does emerge as a possibility.

"The arguments they have put to me relate particularly to the possibility of me being able to carry the fight up to the Coalition on defence and security policy issues, it's a very thin team in that respect.

"The other argument put to me is competing again for Eden-Monaro because as I understand it, it's a casual vacancy that would expire at the next election.

"I think there's a lot of merit in the arguments that have been put to me.''