Saffin rallies the troops
JANELLE Saffin promised to keep "getting things done" on Saturday with the official launch of her campaign for re-election as Federal member for Page.
National Party candidate Kevin Hogan spent the morning campaigning in Lismore's city centre.
Ms Saffin was joined at her event by NSW Senator John Faulkner, who launched the incumbent's campaign.
Ms Saffin said she had already been campaigning since the election was announced, but thought it was important to have an official ceremony to mark the beginning of the race towards the September 7 poll.
"I'm ready, but it's good to have all my key supporters gathered here this morning," Ms Saffin said.
"My track record and commitment to getting things done in our community is what I stand for and I want another opportunity to do that."
Lismore City Mayor Jenny Dowell was unable to attend the launch due to personal circumstances but sent a note of support to Ms Saffin.
"Being elected to serve the Lismore community has been the greatest honour of my life and I know Janelle Saffin feels the same way," Cr Dowell said.
"She has achieved more in two terms for the seat of Page than the Nationals did in two decades.
"She is the woman for all seasons."
Senator Faulkner said Labor "had met and were meeting" the challenge to continue serving Australia in a political climate he described as "troubled waters".
He noted the rise in employment since Labor's victory in 2007, the NDIS and the government's decisive action on plain packaging of cigarettes as some of the key achievements made by Labor over the past six years.
He said Prime Minister Kevin Rudd would "need Janelle Saffin by his side" if Labor was to win the upcoming election.
"I do not know another minister in the House of Representatives that works as hard for her community as Janelle Saffin does," Senator Faulkner said.