Senior Labor figure Don Farrell will reportedly run in a safe seat at the forthcoming South Australian election at the expense of a current minister.
In a factional deal, Senator Farrell has been drafted as candidate for the seat of Napier currently held by Finance and Police Minister Michael O’Brien, The Australian newspaper reports.
Senator Farrell’s preselection isn’t expected to be made formal until the end of next week, according to the report.
Mr O’Brien on Friday told the ABC in Adelaide that he won’t be standing at the March 15 state election.
He said he wasn’t pushed and had been the one to offer his seat to Senator Farrell the day after last year’s federal election.
Mr O’Brien says there’s no guarantee Senator Farrell will be preselected, but says it’s “highly probable” he will get the seat.
Senator Farrell surrendered his No 1 Senate ticket position to Penny Wong during the protracted factional brawl over the federal Labor leadership.
Labor sources told The Australian that it’s too early to determine who will fill Mr Farrell’s senate spot, a term that runs until June 30.