Nats put spotlight on Page

GET your election wish list ready, the National Party is about to fire the starter's gun on the 2010 Federal election in Page.

The announcement follows news on Sunday that the party had also begun looking for a candidate for Richmond and Tweed Nationals chairman Murray Lees, who ran the party's 2007 campaign in Page, said they wanted candidates selected and campaigning in Page and Richmond before Christmas.

Page was the focus of an intense campaign in 2007, after the retirement of former Nationals MP Ian Causley.

That campaign ended with a Labor win and with major commitments from Labor and the Coalition on issues such as the Alstonville and Ballina bypasses and on health.

Mr Lees yesterday flagged a similar run this time around, saying winning back Page would be the party's top priority for 2010. And with the healthcare crisis, Mr Lees said he expected hospitals to be the touchstone issue of the campaign.

Mr Lees declined to say who had nominated for pre-selection, but said there were already 'a couple' interested in Page and Richmond.

Senior Northern Rivers Liberal Catherine Cusack said no Liberals had yet nominated for Page.



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