THE Northern Rivers is fast becoming the number one place in Australia to be seen for the country's senior federal politicians.

Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek today joined Page Labor candidate Janelle Saffin for an in-depth tour of Southern Cross University's Lismore campus and the Lismore Base Hospital.

There was no major announcement, but Ms Plibersek said credit for SCU's $38 million library was thanks to Labor, and the party would continue such spending on health and education if they won government at the upcoming election.

The visit came hot on the heels of a visit by Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce to announce almost $14 million for a co-operative research centre earlier today - which Ms Plibersek was also quick to hose down.

She said the Coalition had earmarked $60 million worth of cuts to SCU over the next four years.

"It is ironic that they are not even restoring a quarter of the funding that has been lost from this university," she said.

"It is one thing to cut around $60 million and then to replace $13 million and expect a pat on the back."

Spruiking former Page MP Janelle Saffin's credentials Ms Plibersek said her record as a local MP stood out for her activity and success even amongst other marginal seat members

"She gets right in with the community, works out the needs, and pursues solutions until she achieves those solutions," she said.

On the importance of winning Page, the deputy opposition leader said it was vital for any party wanting to form government.

"Page has always been an important seat... it's a seat where you've got a lot of need, you've got a lot of young families moving to the region, you've got a lot of retirees and older people requiring upgraded health services, and so it needs a very active local member," she said.



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