Independent candidate for Throsby Paul Matters has denied Labor MP Stephen Jones's suggestions he is running alongside the Liberal and National parties to gain votes for Tony Abbott.
Mr Matters - the former South Coast Labour Council secretary - said he had preferenced Nationals candidate Gary Anderson second last, only above Mr Jones on his how-to-vote cards.
He also said he strongly disagreed with Mr Anderson's views.
"How could I be running for Tony Abbott - every one of my policies is directly opposed to the Liberal Party's [policies]," he said.
"One of the reasons I specifically ran was to run against Anderson, because I knew the Nationals would run him down here with an appeal on refugees."
Mr Matters said he opposed both the Labor and Coalition policies on asylum seekers because they were "inhumane and illegal", and planned to ask Mr Jones and Mr Anderson to debate him on the issue ahead of the election.
Mr Jones said Mr Matters was running to gain votes for the Coalition after he released a slew of anti-ALP campaign material that branded the ALP as corrupt and said Mr Jones "has shown himself unworthy as a representative of the people of Throsby".
However, Mr Matters said this was simply designed to compete against the sitting member.