Plotting has begun within the Liberal Party about how to get rid of troubled candidate for Greenway Jaymes Diaz even if he is elected on Saturday.
Mr Diaz's disastrous campaign performance has prompted discussions about how to cut his parliamentary career before it has begun.
''Diaz has turned into the punchline of the campaign, they've had enough,'' one Liberal source said. ''They know if we don't replace him, then the electorate will and possibly with some high-profile independent.''
But others in the party believe Mr Diaz's difficulties will be forgotten if he is given a chance to prove himself as an MP.
''He's had a bad campaign, but once he's there he'll be a reasonably effective marginal seat member,'' a senior Liberal argued.
Mr Diaz rocketed to prominence early in the campaign when he was stumped by a television journalist's request to name the Liberals' six-point plan for how to stop asylum seeker boats. The footage went viral and made international headlines. His lack of availability to the media since has become one of the campaign's running jokes.