Victorian Nationals leader Peter Walsh this week described the party’s community pre-selection plan passing through its state conference as ‘‘real recognition we want to do things differently in the future’’.
‘‘Politics does evolve and we need to evolve with it,’’ he said.
The Member for Murray Plains, in Shepparton last week with other Shadow Cabinet members, said providing the party’s state council approved, The Nationals would have a community pre-selection for the seat of Shepparton early next year.
‘‘I think we had our eye on this seat the day after we lost it,’’ Mr Walsh said.
‘‘In politics, you don’t argue with the voters. They’ve made a decision, that’s their choice.
‘‘We’ve got to put a good option to them in the future, which we will be doing.’’
Nationals’ Member for Northern Victoria Luke O’Sullivan said the next step would be writing the rules for how community pre-selection would work.
‘‘All those rules will be drawn up and we’ll take those rules to our state council,’’ he said.
Mr O’Sullivan said a selected candidate would be entwined with the community, but the chosen candidate would share the core values and philosophies of the party.
He said people had started to show a bit of interest in being considered and he believed this would increase during the next six months.