After the MP’s resignation, both major parties are weighing their options for a byelection in the seat of Perth

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Tim Hammond’s resignation from federal parliament came not only as a shock, it has caught both major political parties on the hop, with the Liberals still considering whether they will even contest the seat of Perth.

Labor had not considered having to replace Hammond; the former lawyer was considered a surety for the seat for at least a decade.

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