Nationals put faith in young faces
THE National Party hopes to win both the Far North Coast federal electorates of Richmond and Page back from Labor at next year’s election despite its Coalition partner, the Liberal Party tearing itself apart over the past week.
Tweed Nationals chairman Murray Lees said yesterday the party hoped to have two “younger, fresh faced” candidates in place in the two seats by Sunday.
Last weekend National Party members in the Page electorate, which centres on Lismore, selected a Clunes businessman and former school teacher Kevin Hogan as their candidate.
This Sunday members are due to meet to consider preselection for the seat of Richmond, which covers the Tweed and Byron areas. Only Pottsville businesswoman Tania Murdock has nominated as a candidate.
“Both Richmond and Page will feature two younger, fresh faced, enthusiastic locals against a pair of career Labor Party politicians swamped by city interests and unable or unwilling to get their leader to deliver on key pre-election promises, especially in relation to the crisis in our hospitals.” Mr Lees said.
“We will be asking locals to vote for the Nats not the party hacks.”