ALP candidate for Clarence Colin Clague launching his website with his wife Joyce.
ALP candidate for Clarence Colin Clague launching his website with his wife Joyce.

Clague's Claytons office

COLIN Clague has tried a new method to reach voters in the Clarence electorate.

The Labor candidate has launched a virtual campaign office in the lead-up to the March 26 election.

Mr Clague said this was a great way to reach as many voters as possible.

“Electronic media is the way the world is going,” he said.

Mr Clague said the objective of the virtual campaign was to acknowledge the importance of the many public services enjoyed by Clarence residents and industries and the commitment of the people who deliver those services.

He said the reality was people and communities of the electorate were affected on a daily basis by services offered by more than 30 NSW Government agencies here.

“Many of these services will be compromised by the drastic budget and staffing cuts being talked about by Nationals and Liberal Party leaders and candidates,” he said.

“The National and Liberal parties have announced they will be cutting costs by $3.8 billion, but have not been forthright with where they will be cutting those costs from.

"NSW Labor has delivered on a great many of services to the community and we want to continue to do so – the evidence is there,” he said.

The Federal Member for Page, Janelle Saffin, said she was behind Mr Clague in the use of his virtual office to let voters know the importance of the services in the region.

“I congratulate Mr Clague on his initiative to take his office to the people,” she said.

NSW Country Labor MLC for Clarence, Greg Donnelly, also congratulated Mr Clague on his initiative and wished him well for the campaign.

Shane O’Brien, assistant general secretary of the NSW Public Sector Association, was invited to attend the launch so Mr Clague could make a public declaration of his support for the unions movement’s Better State five-point plan.

Mr Clague said he had been associated with the NSW PSA for more than 25 years through his employment in the NSW Department of Lands and Premier’s Department.

“While there is an unavoidable tension at times between the PSA as a union of government employees and the government as employer, they share some fundamental goals,” Mr Clague said.

“Unions that represent public sector employees and the government both have responsibilities to the people that deliver our services and for the services themselves.

“If we are to achieve better services to make NSW an even better state than it already is, then the unions’ five-point plan is a valuable starting point to which I have no hesitation in pledging myself.”

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