Federal Government prepares for MP in its most marginal seat to quit Parliament

An MP in one of the Coalition's most marginal seats is yet to confirm he will recontest the next federal election.

Member for Barton, Nick Varvaris, whose electorate was changed as part of a redistribution, is in discussions with the party about his future.

He won the seat of Barton off Labor with a margin of just 0.3 per cent in 2013, but according to the ABC's election analyst Antony Green, the electorate in Sydney's south is now a notionally Labor seat following a redistribution by the Australian Electoral Commission.

Senior figures in the Liberal Party have told the ABC they believed Mr Varvaris would not recontest, facing the prospect of campaigning against deputy NSW Opposition Leader Linda Burney.

A spokesman for Mr Varvaris said he was in "discussions" with the Liberal Party about his preselection.

A spokesman for the Liberal Party's federal director confirmed the party was talking to the MP about his future.

If Mr Varvaris departs, he will be the 24th MP or senator to leave ahead of the next federal election.

Ms Burney, who could be the first Indigenous woman elected to the Lower House if successful, was confirmed as Labor's candidate following a vote of the ALP national executive.

Source: ABC News

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