Editorial - Thursday, May 8: Plan makes Hogan hero
FEDERAL Member for Page Kevin Hogan deserves credit for opening an electoral office in Grafton - all the more because he is paying the rent himself.
It is easy enough to take pot shots at politicians, and as we have seen in the past few weeks they do plenty to attract criticism, but it is important to also acknowledge when they warrant recognition.
Page is a long, narrow electorate that stretches from the Queensland border to well south of Grafton, and getting around it means a lot of driving.
While that is the job Mr Hogan signed up for when he sought Nationals pre-selection, it is good to see he rates the importance of the Clarence Valley highly enough to want to establish an office here.
Even in these days of efficient electronic communication, people expect and deserve face-to-face service.
You don't win votes by sending out emails - you get them by meeting people, shaking their hands and listening to their concerns.
By having an office in Grafton, Mr Hogan will be able to dedicate more of his time to this end of the electorate and it will be more convenient for his local constituents to be able to use the office when they have issues to raise with their member.