Page Candidate Profiles – 2013 Election


Labor: Janelle Saffin (age 58)Janelle_Saffin

Born and bred in Ipswich, QLD, Janelle has lived in Lismore for 35 years. She left school at 13 and worked at the local meatworks, in hairdressing, and at a pineapple factory. She pursued further education in her 20s, gaining qualifications in teaching and law.

Janelle’s legal career has included work as a solicitor and advocate from local to international level with a particular focus on  human rights, including a time as senior political adviser to His Excellency Dr Jose Ramos-Horta while the Nobel Laureate was Timor Leste’s Foreign Minister, Defence Minister, Prime Minister and President.

Janelle became the first female to represent the rural seat of Page, winning the seat after Ian Causley of the Nationals retired in 2007. She increased her margin at the 2010 election, before losing to Kevin Hogan of The Nationals in 2013.


Nationals: Kevin Hogan (age 49)  – won the seat of Page in the 2013 electionKevin_Hogan

Kevin Hogan has a small business and runs a cattle property near Clunes with his wife Karen and three children. He has lived in the Northern Rivers for the last decade.

After completing an Economics degree Kevin spent over ten years in Sydney managing investment portfolios for Colonial, where he also gave market updates on Sky News.

He has taught at St Mary’s High School in Casino, teaching Business Studies and serving, for a time, as Deputy Principal.


The Greens: Desley BanksDesley profile

Desley Banks has been a public school teacher for the past 25 years. She has taught at Coraki Public School and for the past 16 years at Coffee Camp Public School. She has been an active campaigner against CSG.


Palmer United Party: Steve JanesStephen-Janes_200x249

Steve Janes lives in Ballina and runs a coffee shop.


One Nation: Rod Smith (age 53)

Rod Smith is married with four children and works in a bathroom renovation business


Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group): Carol Ordish

Carol Ordish is a mentor/coordinator for youth wing of the CDP, and a member of the Clarence Valley Transport Committee.  She has a background in nursing, midwifery and animal studies.  She has also worked as a consultant and fundraiser in the missionary field. She is a coordinator in various youth/children’s and community organisations.


See the Echo’s full election coverage on our page Election 2013

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