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On the campaign trail, best beware candid signs lurking in the grass

Electioneering, as recent spectacular hostilities between would-be Coalition candidates for the Eden-Monaro byelection showed, is a fraught and sometimes dangerous business.

Parties on the make try desperately to ignore the suggestion that sometimes, metaphorical snakes lurk in the grass.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Liberal candidate for Eden-Monaro Dr Fiona Kotvojs address the media during a visit to Murrumbateman.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Liberal candidate for Eden-Monaro Dr Fiona Kotvojs address the media during a visit to Murrumbateman.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

But now the Liberal Party finally has a candidate, Dr Fiona Kotvojs, things teetered on the very candid when Prime Minister Scott Morrison accompanied Dr Kotvojs to an event for the faithful at rural Murrumbateman, near Canberra, at the weekend.

Such occasions are usually carefully stage managed.

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