Big parties at bottom of list
EIGHT candidates are standing for election to the marginal seat of Richmond in the upcoming Federal election. Sitting National Party MP and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Larry Anthony has drawn last place on the ballot paper. His Labor challenger Justine Elliot will be second last on the paper following an amazing draw in the Tweed Heads office of the Australian Electoral office which saw lesser-known minor parties take the top four spots. Australian Democrats candidate Timothy Winton-Brown took third-last position and Greens candidate Susanna Flower fourth last. First on the ticket is Family First Party candidate Craig Lees followed by Dean Jefferys of the Nuclear Disarmament Party, Allan Watt or the Ex-service, Service and Veterans Party and Fiona Tyler of the liberals for forests party. Mr Anthony was absent for the draw, instead handing over a ride-on mower and whipper-snipper paid for from a Federal grant for volunteers to the Ewingsdale Progress Association and Hall Committee Inc near Byron Bay. Ms Tyler, a student from Neutral Bay in Sydney, was also absent. Ms Elliot, asked if she saw an omen in Mr Anthony's draw for last place, said the election should be "more about issues than positioning". But she added: "On many occasions the National Party has failed this area. It's a good indication to put Larry last." The candidate topping the ballot paper, Mr Lees, said he hoped to give voters a better choice as well as raise the profile of his "values-based party" in the election for the Senate. Candidates for the seat of Richmond, in the order they will appear on the ballot pa- per, are: l Craig Lees, Family First Party, cabin manager of Tweed Heads West l Dean Jefferys, Nuclear Disarmament Party, film maker of Mullumbimby l Allan Watt, Ex-service, Service and Veterans Party, Vietnam vet and pensioner of Wollongbar l Fiona Tyler, liberals for forests, student of Neutral Bay Sydney l Susanna Flower, Greens Party, accountant of New Brighton l Timothy Wilson-Brown, Australian Democrats, journalist of Possum Creek near Bangalow l Justine Elliot, Australian Labor Party, former police of- ficer of Fingal Head l Larry Anthony, National Party, Member of Parliament of South Murwillumbah.