Vic Liberal Senate ticket to be decided
Victorian Liberals are set to select candidates for the Senate at a meeting ahead of a federal election due next year.
There will be a vote at Saturday's meeting to replace outgoing Senate president Scott Ryan and decide the top spot on the Senate ticket.
The second spot on the joint coalition ticket will be reserved for Nationals senator Bridget McKenzie.
Incumbent Liberal senator Sarah Henderson will be vying for the first spot on the ticket.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is pushing to install his former staffer and the former Victorian Liberal director Simon Frost in the casual vacancy created by Senator Ryan's retirement.
He is also angling Mr Frost, seen to be the frontrunner, for third spot on the ticket for the upcoming election - the last spot considered to be winnable.
The most viable challenger against Frydenberg loyalists Senator Henderson and Mr Frost is Greg Mirabella, husband of former Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella.
Mr Mirabella came close to beating Senator Henderson in 2019 in the race to replace outgoing senator Mitch Fifield and will push for both the casual vacancy and top spot on the ticket.
Mr Frydenberg, seen as many to be Prime Minister Scott Morrison's successor, is attempting to shore up his influence over the Victorian branch.
Victorian Liberal factions do not always follow traditional ideological lines, and instead fall behind powerbrokers such Mr Frydenberg and Michael Sukkar, who was recently accused of branch stacking.
Federal MPs such as Mr Sukkar and Education Minister Alan Tudge are said to be backing Mr Frost.