Bill Shorten stages packed meeting at Lismore
NORTHERN Rivers voters are "politically switched on" and "not afraid to state their opinions" Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said after a packed meeting in Lismore yesterday.
The Q&A-style event covered questions as diverse as climate change policy and mining, the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, offshore detention, the child abuse royal commission, free trade agreements, and the general state of the region.
Mr Shorten said Labor was the "underdog" in the upcoming election but said anxiety for popularity had "dimmed" Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, painting him as an indecisive leader being "kept awake at night" agonising over when to call an election.
He also labelled the National Party as "brothers in arms" with the Liberal Party "pretending" they were standing up to the government.
On the other hand, Labor candidate for Page Janelle Saffin was a "trusted known quantity", and "on the side of the underdog".
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