Page candidates make their pitch
The candidates for the Federal seat of Page, listed in order of their appearance on the ballot paper:
- Kevin Hogan (Nationals)
- Janelle Saffin (Australian Labor Party)
- Carol Ordish (Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group))
- Stephen Janes (Palmer United Party)
- Rod Smith (One Nation)
- Desley Banks (The Greens)
Kevin Hogan, The Nationals
Where do you live? I live just outside Lismore.
Tell us about your family? I am married to Karen, have two daughters Rosie and Bridget and a son Sean.
What's your educational background? I grew up in regional Australia, studied economics at university in Adelaide.
What's your work history? I am a trained economist and worked in Sydney for Colonial before moving with my wife Karen to the North Coast. I taught at St Mary's, Casino. I also run a cattle farm.
Where were you born and how did you end up in Page? I was born in a small town in regional South Australia. After Karen and I married we moved to her home in Page.
When and why did you get interested in politics? Running a small business and balancing a family budget I was frustrated with the wastefulness I saw from this Labor Government.
Who do you admire and look up to? The thousands of people who volunteer their time in our communities to so many causes, are an inspiration.
What's your favourite place to visit in the Page electorate? Depending on what I want to do it varies; we have great beaches as well as rivers and native bushland.
What's your signature dish? I enjoy cooking roasts.
Janelle Saffin, Australian Labor Party
Where do you live? Lismore
Tell us about your family? My husband Jim, my son and three stepsons. Two sisters, one brother and mum and dad are still with us, thank God.
What's your educational background? I left school at 13 after attending Leichhardt and Girls Central Primary and Bremer and Coorparoo High. Later I educated myself, first at Ipswich and then Lismore TAFE, followed by attending the Northern Rivers College of Advanced Education to get a teaching diploma and then a law degree through Macquarie University.
What's your work history? Abattoir hand, checkout chick … barmaid, hairdressing, cannery and foundry worker … teacher and solicitor, UN policy adviser with Nobel Laureate Dr Jose Ramos-Horta, and more.
Where were you born and how did you end up in Page? Ipswich. A friend was from Kyogle. We came to visit her mum and sister and never left, as I felt I had come home.
When and why did you get interested in politics? Decades ago, when I realised that if you wanted to bring about change, you had to be part of the political process. I was always fighting for more services, for fairness and social justice, especially for country communities. I love politics.
Who do you admire and look up to? Nelson Mandela.
Carol Ordish, Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group)
Carol Ordish did not provide a statement. However, on her Facebook page, she describes herself as a mentor/coordinator for the CDP's youth wing at Grafton and as a member of the Clarence Valley Transport Committee.
She says she:
- Is a graduate in general nursing, midwifery and animal studies Cert II
- Is a co-founder of Community Radio Station,1031 Life FM
- Is a consultant/fundraiser to an International Children's Project
- Is a visionary/coordinator/overseas leader for international mission initiatives
- Has owned and operated two businesses
- Has been an executive committee member, consultant, and coordinator in various youth/children's and community organizations
She has previously been known in the Clarence Valley for her opposition to the cloning of human embryos for medical research, for her work with Team Cambodia, working to help a Cambodian village through fundraising for the team and working to establish better medical facilities and water supplies in "Windy Village".
Stephen Janes, Palmer United
Where do you live? Cumbalum near Ballina.
Could you tell us about your family? Married. Four adult children not living with me.
What's your educational background? Have obtained a Graduate Certificate at tertiary level on the way to an MA.
What's your work history? Banking, sales, small business, NFP (religious), small business
Where were you born and how did you end up in Page? Born in Melbourne, raised in Perth, majority of adult life in Canberra, sea change brought us to Ballina
When and why did you get interested in politics?
Always been interested, have always been in leadership positions and have a strong sense of justice and advocacy for people. I love people and want the best for them!
Who do you admire and look up to?
Great leaders who inspire vision and create hope for people or those who selflessly give of themselves for others.
What's your favourite place in the Page electorate?
Love walking along the Ballina beaches, the headlands and river foreshore, having a swim or just enjoying the tranquillity.
What's your signature dish? I make a pretty good spaghetti bolognese.
Rod Smith, One Nation
Where do you live? I live in Byron Bay.
Could you tell us about your family? I'm 53, married for 29 years and we have four children.
What's your educational background? Oatley West Public School, Hurstville High, study at TAFE.
What's your work history? I worked as a wall and floor tiler in the Northern Rivers. My parents ran a family engineering business in Sydney. I worked in the family business, on the NSW Railways as a guard on trains on the North Coast as well as in Sydney, in real estate sales then for 23 years have run my tiling business.
Where were you born and how did you end up in Page? I was born in the St George area in Sydney but after working as a guard on the trains from Newcastle to South Brisbane I always wanted to end up here. And here I am.
When and why did you get interested in politics? I was interested in politics from an early age and joined the Young Liberals. I joined One Nation in 1997 because I liked their message. As the movement grew it gave hope to a lot of people who were being pushed out and ignored.
Who do you admire and look up to? the guys who fought on the Kokoda Trail. No one wants war but that was unavoidable and the men left a huge example and set the standard.
Desley Banks, The Greens
Where do you live? On five acres at Koonorigan Ridge, Goolmangar, (near Lismore)
Could you tell us about your family? I am the fourth generation of my family to live on the Northern Rivers. I live with my partner Peter and have two children that I am very proud of, and two beautiful grandchildren
What's your educational background? South Murwillumbah Infants School, East Murwillumbah PS, Murwillumbah HS, University of New England, Southern Cross University, Distance Ed Flinders University SA
What's your work history? Twenty five years service in the public education sector
Where were you born and how did you end up in Page? I was born in Murwillumbah and bought my first property in 1979 near Grafton. I moved to Lismore in 1987 to attend SCU as a mature-age student and lived in Lismore until 2007.
When and why did you get interested in politics? I've always had an interest in politics. My dad is a dedicated Labor supporter and my mum is a National voter. My concern for environmental issues and respect for Bob Brown caused me to support The Greens.
Who do you admire and look up to? My grandfather Wesley Kirby. He taught me so much about life, the importance of family and building relationships with people.