Both Liberals and Nationals could compete for key seat

A FIGHT between the Liberal and National parties over the Victorian seat of Indi could be shaping up, after Nationals leader Warren Truss said Liberals were encouraging the Nationals to run a candidate.

Although the Abbott Government is not quite halfway through its first term, Mr Truss was asked about the future of Indi while in Albury for a party meeting on Thursday.

The seat, long-held by Liberal Sophie Mirabella, was controversially won by independent Cathy McGowan at the 2013 election.

But Mr Truss told reporters that the Nationals had had "encouragement" from Liberal Party members that the vote could be "maximised" by running candidates from both parties.

If such a move eventuated, it could see the two Coalition partners going head to head in one of Victoria's key regional seats at the next federal election.

But Mr Truss would not be drawn on specifics so far out from a campaign, saying only the two parties had "the common objective" of ensuring voters were offered "a choice" at the polls.

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