Nats face Vaile of tears

Aug 10th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

Michelle Grattan: Mark Vaile may go down badly in the Nationals’ annals. The former leader’s early departure from Parliament looks likely to cost them a seat, cooling prematurely the warm glow that the beleaguered party got from the recent Gippsland byelection.

If popular independent state MP Rob Oakeshott, hot favourite for Vaile’s Mid North Coast seat of Lyne, wins the September 6 byelection, the inexorable decline of the Nationals will be seen to continue.

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