A second Schultz set for federal run. Grant Schultz — son of Liberal MP Alby — is firming to join dad on the parliamentary back benches, as we first revealed earlier this month. His Liberal pre-selection in Gilmore is now certain, we’re told. And Alby will see off his opponents for pre-selection in neighbouring Hume.

Meanwhile, Crikey reader John Morgan reminds us it won’t be the first time a father and son have sat together in federal parliament. As a bio of Edward Riley (1859-1943) reveals:

“Riley, previously President of the NSW Trades and Labour Council, was a Member of the NSW Arbitration Court [until 1910]. In 1910 he was elected to Federal Parliament as the Member for South Sydney. A founding member of the Labour Party, he represented South Sydney until 1931. He lived at ‘Rosebank’ (Newtown) until his death in 1943. His son Edward Charles Riley, Founder of the Federated Clerks’ Union of NSW, followed his father into politics and was MHR for Cook from 1922 to 1934.”

Clive Palmer rules in Qld election. Queensland Greens spokesperson Libby Connors tweeted a picture of a Liberal-National Party billboard covered in cheeky graffiti, along with the line: “An exceptionally truthful election billboard ad. Love it!”

Emotional pitch for LNP votes. Meanwhile, a Crikey reader in Brisbane found this is his mailbox. “It’s a fairly emotive blast from a mother who sent a letter (unaddressed apart from the mailing address) stumping for votes for the LNP. Seems an expensive mailout (colour print, good GSM stock paper, postage paid envelope pre-stamped) — wonder who in the LNP or associated with the LNP funded this? Is it legal to send election material without an authorisation?”

Arts group turning over bosses. Which Victorian arts company has had trouble keeping managers in their jobs? We’re investigating …

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