Let O'Farrell know it's not easy
THE ALP's candidate for the state seat of Clarence says the by-election coming up later this year will give voters a chance to mark the card of the O'Farrell Government after six months in office.
The party's candidate, former Daily Examiner editor Peter Ellem, received his party's endorsement from NSW Opposition Leader John Robertson when he visited Grafton yesterday.
Mr Ellem, who retired as a journalist in 2008 to take up a position as policy adviser to Federal Member for Page Janelle Saffin, was not expecting to win the seat, which the Nationals hold with a 31.4% margin.
The by-election became necessary when sitting member Steve Cansdell resigned suddenly last month after a staffer revealed she had falsely signed a statutory declaration to clear him of a speeding fine.
"This is a chance for people to send a message Barry O'Farrell and Andrew Stoner that things haven't exactly worked out for them," Mr Ellem said.
"We don't want electricity privatisation, we don't want prison privatisation, and we need a government that will support local jobs, not cut them."
He said frontline workers like teachers, nurses, and police officers were under threat.