The influential Tasmanian conservative powerbroker Eric Abetz has been demoted to third place on the Liberal party’s Tasmanian Senate ticket for the next federal election.
He is listed beneath senator Jonno Duniam in first place and senator Wendy Askew in second.
Abetz was elected in 1994 and has more than two decades of experience in the Senate compared to Duniam and Askew, who were elected in 2016 and 2019 respectively.
Dunian sits in the government’s outer ministry as assistant minister for forestry, fisheries and industry development and deputy manager of government business in the Senate.
Askew is chair of the Senate’s community affairs legislation committee.