'Markets no place for pollies'
A DECISION to keep Clarence markets free of politics has backfired for market organiser Paul Ryan, with complaints about his conduct being launched by Labor and Greens politicians.
Mr Ryan denied Labor candidate for Clarence Colin Clague a stall at the Iluka markets, and yesterday Greens candidate Janet Cavanaugh complained about being shut out of today's Grafton Showground Market.
“I am concerned his political bias is limiting the options for marketgoers to meet the candidates in the upcoming state election,” Ms Cavanaugh said.
But Mr Ryan is adamant his actions to exclude both politicians were within his rights as a private operator and, far from being biased, were simply a way to ensure the markets remained welcoming.
“They're nice, friendly markets, no animosity and no arguments,” he said.
“There is no need for political stuff. If there were arguments, if it got physical and someone got hurt, it would be my insurance.”
Mr Ryan said he was concerned the candidates' presence would cause tension, particularly with the widespread displeasure about the carbon tax.
“Even if it is a federal issue, I'm not going to have them at the markets,” he said.