The Nationals' Kevin Hogan has claimed victory in the seat of Page.
The Nationals' Kevin Hogan has claimed victory in the seat of Page. Adam Hourigan

'Very emotional, very intense': Kevin Hogan claims victory

UPDATE, 9.50pm: KEVIN Hogan says he is not ready to make a decision on whether he will continue to sit on the crossbench.

"I said that I would sit on the crossbenches (in the previous Parliament)... and then the next Parliament, I will deal with," he said.

"And I will review it, but I won't be reviewing it tonight.

"I always say, we are here for the community. I look at politics second."

Mr Hogan said his team was very focused on delivering for the community of Page.

"Whenever we get a phone call, whenever we get an email, we go, 'how can we help this person and how are we going to get a result?'," he said.

"I've done a number of things in my life… but I love this job."

 

UPDATE, 8.25pm: THE Nationals have claimed victory in Page.

Page MP Kevin Hogan addressed his supporters just after 8pm.

"I have just been called by Patrick Deegan and he has conceded the seat of Page," he said.

The news was met with a loud cheer and Mr Hogan hugged his family.

He stressed that if the Coalition did not win nationally, he would continue to fight for his electorate.

"If the Australian public say we go into opposition, then they are right," he said.

"I will work with… the government of the day, to continue to deliver the infrastructure and the things we want.

"We will wait for that result.

"I have been very humbled by this.

"Election campaigns are very emotional times, they are very intense times.

"I thank the people of Page, I thank our community. I have a lot of gratitude.. I am very thankful.

"I will continue to work my absolute butt off for this community that I love."

Mr Deegan told The Northern Star he was proud of his campaign but ultimately Mr Hogan had the greater support from the voters.

"I've just called Kevin Hogan and congratulated him on winning the seat of Page," Mr Deegan said.

"He's run a fantastic campaign and he's obviously a very popular member.

"I'm just about to speak to our volunteers to let them know that unfortunately we haven't won the seat of Page and thank everybody for their fantastic work during the campaign."

While he might have lost the seat of Page, Mr Deegan was still hopeful Labor would win government.

"Obviously there's been a national swing against the Labor Party unfortunately but I'm still hopeful we might be able to form government, so fingers crossed we form government," he said.

"What we do know is that tens of thousands of people in the Page electorate have voted for Labor today and have voted for myself as candidate.

"I thank the voters of the Page electorate, it's been a fantastic campaign and it's been great talking to people right across the electorate and I've enjoyed every moment of it."

 

UPDATE, 7.45pm: LABOR candidate for Page Patrick Deegan remains hopeful he'll see a swing towards him in the polls, as voting continues.

With Nationals Page MP Kevin Hogan leading with almost half of the total votes so far, Mr Deegan said it's "still very early days" for him to be concerned.

"It's still early days, but it's going to be difficult from this point, I guess is what we'd say," he said.

"Anything is possible. We'll wait to see as the numbers come in."

Mr Deegan's proud mother, Babara Deegan, was beside her son at the East Lismore Bowls Club as the votes continue to roll in.

"I'd have to wait to see the final votes before I get excited," Mrs Deegan said.

 

UPDATE, 7.20pm: LABOR'S Patrick Deegan is staying positive despite an early lead in the poll results to his main rival, Kevin Hogan of the Nationals.

"It's incredibly hard to tell (who will win)," Mr Deegan said.

"I've had lots of good feedback… I am relieved (that it's over) and now just waiting for the numbers to come in.

"It's been fantastic, it's been exciting to talk to voters and hear their concerns."

The ABC's election analyst, Antony Green, predicts the Nationals will keep the seat of Page based on the count so far.

Major polling booths, including Lismore High, Alstonville and Goonellabah, are yet to be counted.

 

UPDATE, 7pm: MORE than 11,000 votes have been counted so far in Page, and incumbent Kevin Hogan is holding the lead.

The Nationals' candidate had 5,000 votes as at 7pm, and Labor's Patrick Deegan had just over 2800 votes.

Coming third is The Greens' Dan Reid with 1800 votes.

So far about 8 per cent of the votes have been counted, with 27 of 90 polling places returned.

On a two-party preferred basis, Mr Hogan is holding 57 per cent of the vote.

An AEC supervisor closes the polling booth at Goonellabah Public School.
An AEC supervisor closes the polling booth at Goonellabah Public School. Aisling Brennan

 

UPDATE, 6.25pm: THE doors have officially closed on the 2019 federal election and counting is underway to see who Australia has voted to represent them in Canberra.

As the scrutineers get ready for a long night of counting the votes, The Northern Star is bringing you live rolling coverage.

Outside Goonellabah Public School polling booth, recently elected Lismore MP Janelle Saffin, who previously held the position of Page MP, said the atmosphere of the polling booth was "collegiate" and "friendly" throughout the day.

But, what was lacking was the voters and the 'democracy sausage'.

"What we missed out on was the democracy sausage sizzle, it wasn't here," Ms Saffin said.

"I think people look forward to it.

"We didn't even have a cake stall here today.

"It's a tradition, it's a good tradition that's disappearing."

The Goonellabah Public School polling booth Australian Electorate Commission supervisor told The Northern Star she believed voting numbers were down throughout the day but she believed pre-polling and the lack of a sausage sizzle was to blame.

Ms Saffin also said she was impressed to see the number of young people getting involved in politics.

"One of the things that happened in the last state election was we all ended up with more young people," she said.

"That's a good sign, and they've all stayed with us this election."

The Northern Star will be bringing you the latest in polling results with our rolling coverage across the night, so stay tuned.

 

UPDATE, 6pm: THE polls have closed and counting is about to get under way.

We'll be bringing you live, up-to-date results from the Page electorate, and from the election night parties of the two main candidates -- The Nationals' Kevin Hogan and Labor's Patrick Deegan.

We have a reporter and a photographer covering both events, which are being held in Lismore.

 

ORIGINAL STORY: THE federal election is here, have you decided who to vote for and where you're going to vote in the seat of Page?

Well, we can help, here is all the information you need to know in one spot.

Electorate breakdown

The electorate of Page includes the Lismore, Kyogle, Richmond Valley and Clarence River local government areas as well as parts of Ballina Shire and the Coffs Harbour LGA.

Page is a marginal seat that has gone with government at every election since 1990. It was won by National Kevin Hogan at the 2013 election.

Tally Room assessment: Page is a very marginal seat. Labor has a real shot at gaining back the seat.

Page Candidates

Seven candidates will contest the seat of Page on Saturday.

They are, incumbent Page MP Kevin Hogan - Nationals, Patrick Deegan - Labor, Daniel Reid - Greens, Fiona Leviny - Independent, John Mudge - United Australia Party, Alison Waters - Animal Justice Party, and Peter Walker - Christian Democrat Party.

To read more on the Page candidates, go here.

Where to vote

Halls, schools and community centres across the region will open their doors for voting on Saturday.

Go here to find out where you can vote.

We will have a team of reporters working on Saturday to bring you the latest election results as they come to hand.

Don't miss our comprehensive rolling coverage to find out who will be the Federal Member for Page.

 


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