Labor candidate Reece Byrnes voting in Tweed Heads.
Labor candidate Reece Byrnes voting in Tweed Heads.

Back to uni for Labor candidate

THE flu he suffered in the final week of campaigning could be symbolic of NSW Labor’s election result.

Yet Tweed Labor candidate Reece Byrnes remained upbeat in recovery yesterday after an election in which at 10pm DST on Saturday he had gained 21.2 per cent of the primary vote, a swing of 16.2 per cent against the ALP.

It was an impressive result for the 22-year-old Southern Cross University student but a staggering blow to Labor reflected across the state.

Greens candidate Andrea Vickers gained 15.2% of the primary vote but a solid swing of 6.8%.

Mr Byrnes said it was obviously not the result Labor was looking for.

“Congratulations to (Nationals MP) Geoff (Provest),” Mr Byrnes said.

“But the job’s not really over for me, and it’s time for him to deliver.

“I call on him to act on his police ratio statements, bringing back the train and the school at Pottsville.”

He said Labor had been sent a clear message by voters but would be back stronger than ever.

“For me right now it’s time to hit the books.

“I’m still just a university student struggling to get credits and distinctions; I was still studying during the campaign.

“I learned very early in the campaign it’s not easy getting out of bed at 4am each day, but I had a good time and I think Geoff and Andrea did too.”



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