Reid, once a Labor seat, is held by Mr Laundy by 4.7 per cent and is vulnerable to being lost, especially because it is being vacated at such a late stage. Labor’s candidate is Sam Crosby who has been working the seat hard for months.
The government has suffered a series of high-profile shock resignations since Christmas which has fuelled the perception it is going to lose the election.
Those announcing their departures in the past two months include cabinet ministers Kelly O’Dwyer, Christopher Pyne and Steve Ciobo, and junior minister Michael Keenan.
Mr Keenan’s West Australian seat of Stirling and Mr Pyne’s South Australian seat of Sturt are now deemed at risk.