DON’S PARTY: Newly elected Member for Ballina Don Page celebrates after his first victory.
DON’S PARTY: Newly elected Member for Ballina Don Page celebrates after his first victory. NOrthern Star

History: The day Don Page took his seat in Ballina

AT the close of counting on Saturday March 20, 1988, Mr Page had polled 15,381 votes ahead of the ALP's Mr Tom Mooney (7180), Independent Cr D Edwards (1540) and Australian Democrat Mr Ivor Brown (1080).

While it was the start of a long career in politics, Mr Page said at the time that the electoral seat of Ballina could not be regarded as safe, despite the overwhelming victory.

Speaking at a supporters barbecue at Broken Head, Mr Page said it was apparent by the size of his vote count that there had been many traditional Labor voters who had moved away from their party.

"These people have given us a vote of confidence," Mr Page said.

"If we do not perform they will go back, so we have to deliver.

 

"The exciting thing for me is that we have not only won the seat, but have won Government and we now have a chance to get things done."

Mr Page said that the National Party appeared to have control of the north and north-west of the state, giving the party a strong voice in a Coalition Government.

"There could be seven or eight National Party MPS on the North Coast," Mr Page said.

"There is a fairly loose arrangement that we will be voting as a block to readdress the problems of the past to see that the North Coast gets its fair share of the funding."

Mr Page said his party's commitment to roads and education were top priorities in the new government.

"The Ballina cutting will be a priority, because we do not like money tied up in roadworks that have not been completed," Mr Page said.

"Mr Mooney, who by the close of counting on Saturday night had polled 7180 primary votes said that he had run a good campaign and was not dismay at the result.



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