Saffin Vs Hogan in Page
TWO experienced campaigners have lined up to do battle for the seat of Page after it was confirmed yesterday that the Federal Election will be staged on July 2.
Sitting member Kevin Hogan said he was "fit, ready and willing" to serve another term in the Federal Parliament.
"It is a great honour to be our community's representative in Canberra. I have and always will have our community's interests front and centre," he said.
The Nationals member said his campaign focus would continue to be about generating jobs for the region, and making sure "our children have career choices here".
"It is great to have delivered many large job-creating infrastructure programs for our community. Projects like the Casino Sale yards, Ballina Marine Rescue tower, Lismore Quadrangle project, Harwood Mill upgrade, as well as bridges, roads and highways funding," he said.
Labor candidate Janelle Saffin, who represented the electorate for two terms from 2007 to 2013, has also confirmed her intent to challenge Mr Hogan.
"I'm totally fired up and ready to go," she said.
Ms Saffin said her campaign will focus on "the issues that matter to us". She said education, Medicare and better health care, including funding for mental health, are all issues on her agenda.
Ms Saffin got an early start to her campaign, attending a Save Our Medicare Rally in Grafton on Saturday.
"People will soon have to start paying for x-rays and blood tests while the latest Budget includes tax cuts for the biggest companies. Local people just don't understand this," she said.
"I really stand for effective representation for local people on local issues."
The Greens candidate Kudra Falla-Ricketts said she would be campaigning to stop subsidies to fossil-fuel companies.