Labor to contest Clarence

THE NSW Labor Party will run a candidate in the upcoming Clarence by-election and give voters a real choice, announced Opposition Leader John Robertson today.

"Barry O'Farrell has broken more than 100 promises since he came to office in March and voters deserve the chance to vote for someone else," Mr Robertson said.

"Clarence voters can't change the Government, but they can send a message to the Liberals and Nationals.

"I don't expect the result to be much different to the defeat we suffered in March - but I'm not going to shy away from the tough races.

"There are nurses, teachers and other public sector workers in the Clarence whose real wages will be cut by Barry O'Farrell.

"There are people whose jobs will be axed under his plans to sack 5000 workers across the State.

"There are families struggling to pay their bills in Grafton, Casino, Yamba and Maclean because Barry O'Farrell increased electricity prices by 18 per cent on July 1.

"These workers and families can have their voices heard by voting 1 Labor at the Clarence by-election.

"Labor will get out into the community, we will run a candidate and we will campaign hard to make sure that whoever wins, is forced to earn it.

"We won't allow the Liberals and Nationals to take the Clarence for granted."

Preselection nominations will open today, and close next Friday, 7 October at 12 noon.

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