Page and Richmond candidates name the election issues

WITH the Federal Election called for September 7, Page and Richmond candidates are talking about the most important issues facing local people this election.

Labor Page MP Janelle Saffin said the most important issue is for the people of Page "to have a local federal member who can be a strong voice in Canberra, with the will, experience and tenacity to advocate on the issues that enhance and protect our way of life, whether they be health, education, jobs or protecting us from harmful CSG".

Nationals candidate for Page, Kevin Hogan, said the main issue voters were raising with him was they "want life to be a bit easier".

This included getting rid of taxes, lowering bills, and getting rid of red tape to make home life and business easier.

Palmer United candidate for Page, Steve Janes, said the greatest issue facing Page was that businesses are struggling under high taxes, low confidence and uncertainty.

Greens candidate for Page, Desley Banks, has previously said she would like her community and family to be able to live in a "clean, healthy rural environment that offers employment opportunities and prosperous, well-serviced communities".

Labor MP for Richmond, Justine Elliot, said: "Locals tell me one of their major concerns continues to be stopping coal seam gas mining."

Nationals candidate for Richmond, Matthew Fraser, said there were four top issues that he would like to address: boats; the cost of living; jobs; and roads.

Palmer United candidate for Richmond, Phil Allen, said one of his hopes was to create a "single economic zone" between the Northern Rivers and the lower Gold Coast area to decrease problems caused by the border.

Greens candidate for Richmond, Dawn Walker said protecting the environment, building a caring Australia and creating a new diversified, innovative and low-carbon economy were the most important issues, along with investing in renewable energy, education, raising the Newstart allowance above the poverty line and supporting single parents.

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