Even after Malcolm Turnbull stepped in to save Liberal MP Ann Sudmalis from a preselection challenge, it appears her opponent is running anyway.
The prime minister intervened last week to stop Ms Sudmalis facing a battle from real estate agent Grant Schultz, as the Liberal party faced accusations it was losing women MPs.
But the ABC reports an email from Mr Schultz to his supporters has confirmed he is running in the NSW south coast seat of Gilmore.
"I declare that I have not received calls, texts or otherwise from Canberra requesting I not nominate," the email says.
"The calls that I have received are in the hundreds, from the people of Gilmore, encouraging me to nominate."
Mr Schultz promises to be his own man and act in the interests of the party if he wins preselection.
He said he could not comment when contacted by AAP.
It is understood the Liberal party is vetting written applications before formalising a list of nominees for preselection in its NSW seats.
Parliament also heard Small Business Minister Craig Laundy missed the deadline to lodge his nomination form and the party had to extend and reopen nominations.
"We're now seeing ministers failing to do the most basic of paperwork for them to sit in this parliament," Labor MP Milton Dick said.