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Mark Vaile warns Oakeshott not to go with Labor

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Former Nationals leader Mark Vaile says independent Rob Oakeshott's electorate would not respond well if he formed government with Labor.


"If you look at the results on Saturday last, our candidate David Gillespie got 34 per cent of the primary vote and I would suggest that at least 50 per cent of the primary vote would be conservative," Mr Vaile said. "The seat fundamentally is conservative in those terms.


"All those indicators ought to point to him supporting a conservative government."


But Mr Vaile, who was also once Mr Oakeshott's boss, conceded the number of seats both parties won would have a big impact on the outcome.


Mr Oakeshott, a NSW Nationals MP between 1996 and 2008, won the federal seat of Lyne and replaced Mr Vaile as an independent after Mr Vaile resigned from parliament in 2008.


"Rob's background is still, I would have thought, conservative. He is from a conservative family."


Mr Vaile said Mr Oakeshott was more likely to have fitted into the Nationals if he got involved in the federal partyroom, rather than the NSW partyroom which he said was more right-wing.


But the former deputy prime minister told The Australian the Nationals should not attack independents because they should be respected.


"I was never one as leader out attacking them. I always counselled our people, 'you go attacking independents in their own seats you make martyrs out of them and get them more seats'. You're better off getting on with the job of promoting your own policy."


On the three independents, MrVaile said be believed that Tony Windsor was making the most sense.

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Patricia Karvelas, Political Correspondent


Source: THE AUSTRALIAN (August 26, 2010)

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