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Perennial Lib candidate settles for backroom role

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Perennial Liberal candidate – and sometime independent – Sue Lawrie won’t stand in the next election as the party bloods a range of fresh candidates.

But that hasn’t stopped the always-busy Lawrie from getting involved. She’s currently running Liberal candidate for Hartley Vincent Tarzia’s campaign, and she’s promising to “think outside the box”.

Lawrie told InDaily she had hoped to stand in the March State Election after losing her bid for the federal seat of Makin last year.

But after that failed campaign she was surprised to find that all the state electorates had already been preselected, leaving her without a seat when the music stopped.

Now in her new role as campaign manager, Lawrie says she’s suddenly in high demand as the “elder statesman of campaigning”.

“Everybody wants me,” she told InDaily.

She plans to have Tarzia running an unconventional campaign – however, she’s been told by Liberal HQ that she can’t deploy some of her more unusual tactics, such as triangular campaign posters.

Lawrie ran as an independent in the 2012 Port Adelaide State Byelection after the Liberals declined to preselect a candidate.

 

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