Former deputy prime minister Mark Vaile says he would come out of political retirement to help New South Wales Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner take a tilt at federal politics.
There are reports that Mr Stoner has been approached by senior Nationals figures to take on Independent Rob Oakeshott in the seat of Lyne at the next election.
Mr Stoner has released a statement saying he has no plans to move into federal politics.
But Mr Vaile says he would back Mr Stoner.
"I suspect it's pure speculation at this stage but all I've said is that if ultimately in a couple of years time when the ...
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 ...
BRENDAN Nelson has dumped his plea for voters to "go easy" on moonlighting Mark Vaile to condemn his decision to work in Dubai as a consultant.Mr Vaile, the former deputy prime minister and Nationals MP, has been moonlighting in the Middle East to boost his $127,000 parliamentary salary."As far as I'm concerned his first priority and our first priority is to service our constituents,'' Dr Nelson told Sky News."In Mark's case it's the people of Lyne and I think he needs to be in Australia and be available to his constituents.''Dr Nelson said he would not have approved the trip if he had been ...