Toby Warnes, Suffolk Park
Don Page, the state member for Ballina, spent a long time on the opposition benches of Macquarie Street. Fast forward to March 2011, when he was flung with overwhelming force into the power of government. In my living memory, people have always seen Mr Page as a community man, a man that people can trust. The past few months have demonstrated that this facade is an illusion. His government has openly attacked the people of this state, and our local community. It has slashed spending on health and education and it has taken the axe to workers’ rights by making the biggest changes to workers compensation laws in a century.
The state government has targeted the foundations of our community in such a vicious manner; surely a response from Mr Page is warranted. But what have we heard from him? Nothing – not a peep! It’s about time for Mr Page to stand up for the people of the electorate of Ballina and oppose the vicious attacks of his government – to tell Macquarie Street that the people of the northern rivers won’t stand for his government’s blatant disregard for the interests of his constituents. Otherwise it may just be time for old Don to finally hang up his boots and hand the reigns to somebody who will.