Kristina Keneally to Land Dastyari’s Senate Seat

Former New South Wales Premier Kristina Keneally is expected to take resigning Sam Dastyari’s Senate spot in the Federal Upper House.

Ms Keneally claimed the job after two main candidates standing for the position with Ms Keneally, Transport Workers’ Union Boss Tony Sheldon and United Voice union official Tara Moriarty chose not to run.

It would leave her contesting the position against two former state MPs Virginia Judge and Barry Collier.

Nominations would formally open next week and close on February 1 and the party’s administrative committee would confirm who fills the position the next day.

The position had traditionally been filled by the state party’s general-secretary but the current General Secretary Kaila Murnain will battle a NSW election campaign before becoming a candidate.

Ms Murnain would make the decision while consulting Right-faction unions, with Mr Sheldon the union’s preferred choice if he wanted the position.

However, on Wednesday he said he was not interested in the position

“I have not put my name forward at this point to make a formal nomination,” he said.

“My concern…is to make sure our roads are safer and fairness is delivered in workplaces.”

Meanwhile, insiders say Ms Moriarty is not suited to the frontbench and is more likely to be offered a seat in the NSW upper house.

Ms Keneally failed to win the seat of Bennelong in a December by-election.

Mr Dastyari was forced to resign late last year, following revelations about his dealings with a Chinese businessman and political donor.

Pic Courtesy: Kristina Keneally

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