HOGAN v SAFFIN: What will sway your vote in seat of Page?

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce and Page MP Kevin Hogan at a press conference to discuss the free trade agreement with China. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce and Page MP Kevin Hogan at a press conference to discuss the free trade agreement with China. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced he will ask for July 2 as a date for the election, which means it's time for the local candidates to click into gear.

Member for Page, Kevin Hogan, said he would start campaigning when an election was called.

"At the moment I am still doing my job, that's my focus at the moment," Mr Hogan said.

"I love this job, it is one I take seriously and I will continue to work for our community," he said.

Creating jobs for the region is Mr Hogan's number one aim currently, which is something he will carry through to the election.

"I don't just want jobs for our region I want increased career opportunities, especially school leavers," he said.

Mr Hogan said the area has low land prices and a workforce willing to work, so drawing businesses to the region would be beneficial to businesses and the community.

When the election is called, Mr Hogan said he will look at infrastructure project for the region.

He will be building on the existing infrastructure projects including the Pacific Highway, Grafton Bridge, Hospital upgrade and the Harwood Mill upgrade.

 

Labor candidate for Page Janelle Saffin shows Opposition Leader Bill Shorten around Casino.
Labor candidate for Page Janelle Saffin shows Opposition Leader Bill Shorten around Casino. Hamish Broome

On the other hand, Janelle Saffin has said it is her proven track record in health, education and infrastructure that will strengthen her campaign for the seat of Page.

"You can expect me to be all over the electorate of page, meeting and listening to the community,"

"I will be promoting and protecting our needs," she said.

Ms Saffin has a plan developed for Page which will be announced during the campaign.

"There are very key needs for our community, across health, education and jobs," she said.

Who will you vote for in the electorate of Page?

This poll ended on 10 May 2016.

Current Results

Kevin Hogan - National

32%

Janelle Saffin - Labor

54%

Kudra Falla-Ricketts - Greens

9%

Other

3%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Ms Saffin has already invited Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to the Clarence Valley to do a town hall meeting.

"It will be great if the community can hear from him directly," she said about his possible visit.

Shadow Minister for the Environment, Climate Chance and Water Mr Mark Butler will be in the area to meet with Ms Saffin today.

Ms Saffin was not at all surprised by Mr Turnbull's announcement of the July 2 election date.

"Surprise, surprise," she said.

Who will you vote for in the Senate at the next Federal election?

This poll ended on 24 July 2016.

Current Results

Labor

39%

Liberal

9%

National

21%

Greens

13%

Other

15%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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