Former PM and now backbencher Kevin Rudd helped launch Labor’s bid to win council seats in Lismore and Tweed yesterday. The councils are in the electorates of Rudd supporters Janelle Saffin and Justine Elliot respectively.
Mr Rudd said it was not payback but friendship that drew him to support the bid. ‘Justine has been a strong personal friend of mine, including in some of the difficult times. That’s why it’s important to repay friendship,’ he told media yesterday. Two of Ms Elliot’s staffers are Labor candidates for Tweed Council.