Anthony dynasty over
OUTGOING Richmond MP Larry Anthony, conceding defeat, yesterday used his speech to attack what he described as 'dirty tricks' used against him during the election campaign.
Mr Anthony held a press conference on the Tweed to concede defeat, but used the occasion to complain about how-to-vote cards handed out by Liberals for Forests and the Ex-Service, Service and Veterans Party ? which all directed their preferences to Labor candidate Justine Elliot.
"It was a wellorchestrated campaign and there were some clever tactics that deceived a lot of the voters," Mr Anthony said at a news conference.
"If another 140 people had voted for myself, or not put me last, it would have been a different result."
His loss ends a political dynasty of 55 years, which started in 1937 when his grandfather, Larry, won the seat.
Mr Anthony's father, Doug, continued the tradition, entering Parliament in 1957.
With his family around him, Mr Anthony announced his departure from politics, saying he would not contest Richmond again, or look for a seat in the Senate.
"It is a time for a break from public life. I will not rule in any other seat. I wanted to represent the seat of Richmond," he said.
"But it is a tough seat moving against us. The demographics are changing ? we had a very high Green vote. For my wife, Jenny, and I, it is time we look for newer pastures. Jenny and the kids have been by my side, and this is a win for them in a sense."