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The new Victorian senator will be chosen in the coming weeks through a ballot of Greens members, after a brief internal campaigning period and with a wide field of candidates expected.

Dr Ratnam has made it clear that she would not be in the running.

Victorian party leader Samantha Ratnam has ruled herself out of the race to replace Richard Di Natale.

Victorian party leader Samantha Ratnam has ruled herself out of the race to replace Richard Di Natale.Credit:Simon O’Dwyer

“No, I’m not [going to run].

“We’ve got a lot of work to do in the Victorian Parliament,” she said.

“I’ve got a great team to work with.

“I’m firmly committed to my constituents in northern metropolitan Melbourne.”

Huong Truong is being talked of as a possible replacement for Senator Di Natale.

Huong Truong is being talked of as a possible replacement for Senator Di Natale.Credit:Star Weekly

Her parliamentary colleagues Ellen Sandell, Sam Hibbins and Tim Read also ruled themselves out.

Barrister, Victorian Greens founding member and former Liberty Victoria president Brian Walters was also being talked about as a potentially strong candidate, as was experienced campaigner Dinesh Mathew.

Neither Mr Mathew nor Mr Walters could be contacted for comment on Tuesday.

Ms Thorpe declined to comment on Tuesday and Ms Truong, who now works as a union organiser, said she had not yet made up her mind about a run at the senate spot.

“I’m not here or there about whether I’m going to run,” she told The Age.

“But I’m very excited about what’s to come for the party.”

Noel Towell is State Political Editor for The Age

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