“It didn’t come to a point of preselection though it was muted that someone would stand against me,” Mr Broadbent said.
“They looked at the situation and realised they wouldn’t have a hope of winning.”
Mr Broadbent also said he does not believe recent increases in conservative members of the seat will swing the numbers against him.
“They know I don’t take a step backwards in what I believe is the right and saying what is the right,” Mr Broadbent said.
“In doing that I am going to cross across a few in my own party… and there will always be those who, when someone comes in and takes the most marginal seat and turns it into one of the safer seats [in Victoria], of course there’re going to be people who covet that position.
Preselection is the process by which a party chooses which candidate to represent it at an election.