Labor candidate and sitting Page MP Janelle Saffin is campaigning to be re-elected for her second term in the seat formerly regarded as blue-ribbon Nationals territory.
Labor candidate and sitting Page MP Janelle Saffin is campaigning to be re-elected for her second term in the seat formerly regarded as blue-ribbon Nationals territory. Cathy Adams

First shots fired on the hustings

THE Nationals candidate for Page, Kevin Hogan, accused the Federal Government of‘incompetence’ yesterday, as he hit the hustings on day one of the August 21 election campaign.

Mr Hogan spent the day in Ballina, and said there were already clear messages coming from voters.

He said cost of living pressures were a common concern among electors.

“It’s been verified again just how tough people are doing it. Especially business,” he said.

“People are also talking about government wastage, and immigration is always there. People want to see asolution to the boats.”

“This Government has shown a lot of incompetence.”

Mr Hogan said the next five weeks in Page were going to be worth watching.

“I think it’s going to be an interesting campaign. People really are tuned in,” he said.

Voters who want to have their say will need to be engaged.

Rolls for first-time voters close tonight at 8pm.

People already on the electoral roll who have moved since the last Federal election have until 8pm on Thursday to update their address details.

Getting people on the roll was sitting member Janelle Saffin’s focus yesterday.

“The clock is now ticking after Prime Minister Julia Gillard called a Federal election for August 21,” Ms Saffin said.

“On polling day, voters will choose who they trust to move Australia forward with a strong economy and better schools and hospitals.”

Ms Saffin said the Coalition had prevented laws being passed by Labor during the last Parliament that would have given people up to a week to enrol.

“The Coalition is still trying to make it as hard as possible for voters to have their say,” Ms Saffin said.

Meanwhile, Greens candidate Jeff Johnson said voting in the upcoming poll was crucial for areas like Page.

“Who you vote for sends a powerful message,” Mr Johnson said. “The Greens support ecological sustainability, a fair society and a new approach to politics.

“We reject the power plays and petty bickering that is so often seen in national politics and election campaigns.

“We also stand for government responsive to the needs and aspirations of the community.”



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