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The WA Liberal Party is searching for two new senators to send to Canberra after the death of one and the resignation of another.

But some party members are lamenting the lack of talent coming forward to represent the State.

They say Perth's brightest are shirking a career in politics for the big bucks of the mining boom.

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott will be in the Wheatbelt town of Kojonup tomorrow for the funeral of Liberal Senator Judith Adams, who died just over a week ago after a long battle with cancer.

Also attending is Deputy Opposition Leader Julie Bishop, senior Nationals Senator Fiona Nash and the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, Eric Abetz.

As well as finding a replacement for Senator Adams, the WA Liberal Party is seeking a candidate to take the place of veteran backbencher Alan Eggleston, who confirmed to _The West Australian _ yesterday he would not be standing for another term.

The Liberals must also find two candidates for the Lower House, with backbenchers Judi Moylan and Mal Washer set to retire at the next election.

Calls for nominees are likely to take place this month but many in the party are frustrated at the calibre of candidates coming forward.

Several Liberals complained that WA's best and brightest were not willing to take a pay cut to move to Canberra and were wary of the travel difficulties and public scrutiny.

Among the most promising candidates being considered for either a Senate or Lower House spot are State Liberal Party treasurer Dean Smith and aerobatic pilot Drew Searle.

Wanneroo councillor Ian Goodenough is so far the only declared candidate for Dr Washer's seat, while Hyden farmer Jane Mouritz and former Liberal staffer Alex Butterworth are also being touted in some corners as options for Senate spots.

One Liberal said yesterday they would push for retiring WA Mines Minister Norman Moore to sit in the Senate.

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