SPORTING CHANCE: Candidates for the seat of Page, Kevin Hogan from The Nationals, sitting member Janelle Saffin of the ALP and The Greens’ Desley Banks battle it out in the Poolitics Competition at The PCYC Lismore.
SPORTING CHANCE: Candidates for the seat of Page, Kevin Hogan from The Nationals, sitting member Janelle Saffin of the ALP and The Greens’ Desley Banks battle it out in the Poolitics Competition at The PCYC Lismore. Patrick Gorbunovs

Pollies’ sporting gesture

POLITICS was put aside on the weekend for a different type of competition, as local federal election candidates came together for the first ever Poolitics in Page.

Sitting Labor MP Janelle Saffin, Nationals candidate Kevin Hogan and Greens candidate Desley Banks put aside their differences to faces off in a sporting day at Lismore PCYC on Saturday to raise money for the community.

Games of pool, table tennis, carpet bowls, hoop shooting, and tug'o'peace abounded as money was raised for the PCYC and the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.

Brainchild of the event, Paul Joseph, aka Dr Love of Lovemore, said he was thrilled the candidates had taken him up on his suggestion of the Poolitics in Page day.

"I don't remember any time where candidates have come together like this in such good spirit for a community and a cause like the Westpac Helicopter and the PCYC," Mr Joseph said.

Ms Saffin said she thought the day of fun was a great idea, and said she hoped it continues and grows over future elections.

While pleased with the way it brought people together "who are usually opposing in different ways", she said she was a bit nervous about showing off to everyone her (self-proclaimed) lack of sporting talent at carpet bowls and pool.

Ms Banks said the coming together of politicians like this was important to her, as working together can get the best outcome for the community - the people she has put her hand up to look after.

"We are fairly competitive, the Greens, but today's about being co-operative - in a competitive sort of way," she laughed.

Mr Hogan said the spirit of the event was the really important thing - putting aside differences to work together for something good - in this case fund-raising for local organisations. The trio, he said, aren't as different as many think.

"I think we agree on more issues than we disagree. In many ways, we all want the same things, we just have different ways of getting there," Mr Hogan said.



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