No chance for ALP hopefuls
HE gave it a good go, but Collins Creek man Andy Moy proved on Saturday no amount of campaigning can turn back a tide.
After months of campaigning, criss-crossing the electorate to front meetings, events and functions, Mr Moy finished Saturday night with his vote halved – just like Ballina Labor candidate Toby Warnes.
The difference between the candidates was stark.
Mr Moy announced his intention to run in the seat of Lismore last September, giving him a four-month start on Mr Warnes, whose candidacy was announced by NSW Labor head office in January.
Mr Moy has devoted large amounts of time to campaigning and to travelling to remote sections of the electorate in an effort to raise his profile and convice
voters to support him despite the swing against Labor.
Mr Warnes was virtually invisible through the campaign, spending much of his time in Sydney completing exams for his law degree.
But when judgment day came, it was Mr Moy that lost the bigger slice of votes, although barely – falling from 26% in the 2007 election to 13.3% on Saturday, while Mr Warnes’ vote dropped from 23% to 12.3%.
The results put flesh on suggestions that the campaign was largely ignored by a voting public who had long since decided how they would vote.
Despite the drubbing, Mr Moy described the campaign as a positive experience, which had broadened his understanding of issues in the electorate and fed a desire to learn more.