IT should become clearer later this week if Morgan Jonas will remain a candidate for the seat of Flinders at the coming federal election.
Mr Jonas last week resigned from the United Australia Party “thus withdrawing my nomination”. However, he did not say if he would contest Flinders as an independent or under the banner of another political party.
Mr Jonas said he would later announce “our exciting plan moving forward”.
The UAP’s backer Clive Palmer said Mr Jonas “joined the party to promote his own self-interests”.
“We note he has never been elected to parliament and is seeking to disrupt the political campaign of Craig Kelly to be the next prime minster,’’ Mr Palmer said.
If Mr Jonas does bow out of the Flinders campaign, the remaining candidates are Surbhi Snowball (Labor), Zoe McKenzie (Liberal), Despi O’Connor (independent), Colin Lane (Greens), Cynthia Marr (One Nation) and Sarah Russell (Voices of Mornington Peninsula).
Flinders has been held by Liberal Greg Hunt for the past 20 years.