But Centofanti is widely expected to win the highest vacant spot on the Upper House ticket and replace McLachlan as a casual vacancy.
However the current round of bloodletting could have an impact on other Right-wingers contesting the ticket, with accountant Heidi Girolamo and Women’s Council president Laura Curran both expected to run.
Centofanti (right) with Laura Curran. Photo: Liberal Women’s Council / Facebook.
Curran, a staffer for leading Right-winger Alex Antic, could bear the brunt if the Right faction splinters, particularly if the centre-Right throw their support behind moderate candidates, with Anne Ruston staffer Kerrynne Liddle and former Spence candidate Kathleen Bourne in the mix to nominate.
Centofanti did not respond to inquiries today.
Van Dissel told InDaily McLachlan would “make a very fine senator and has a lot to offer”.
Asked if he intended to contest the next senate preselection to determine the party’s federal election ticket, he said: “That’s certainly my intention.”
Meanwhile, veteran Right-winger Terry Stephens was today unanimously endorsed at a meeting of Liberal legislative councillors to replace McLachlan as Upper House president, fulfilling the terms of a previous factional deal revealed by InDaily in 2018 to install him in the role mid-term.