Breaking rules for a National cause
KENNEDY Drive pharmacist Brian Curran, the only potential National Party challenger for the Federal seat of Richmond who lives in the Tweed Heads area, will need a relaxation of party rules if he is to become the candidate.
Mr Curran has only been a National Party candidate for nine months and says he still has to be “granted a waiver” from a special party committee to stand against sitting Labor Party MP Justine Elliot in the upcoming Federal poll.
Three others, farmer Alan Hunter from near Mullumbimby, Lismore solicitor James Fuggle and Murwillumbah car sales and hire operator Phil Taylor have also put their hands up as potential candidates.
Party members are due to choose which one to endorse tomorrow.
Mr Curran, a recently separated father of three adult children, said he was confident of getting the green light to stand, following on a tradition of community service set by his father Keith Curran who was Tweed Shire engineer in the 1960’s and 1970’s.
Mr Curran said health was one area where he felt he could help make changes as a politician, while another was “the immigration situation”.
“We have the influx of uninvited guests into the country which is wrong,” he said.
Party spokesman Murray Lees said: “If somebody gets pre-selected it’s inconceivable Central Council would knock them back on that technicality.”