Political parties are rolling out their star performers as they launch their campaigns for electoral victory on the north coast of NSW.
New Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will join NSW Labor leader Luke Foley at the Salvation Army Centre in Banora Point on Friday, March 6, at 10.30am.
Premier Palaszczuk recently pulled off a massive victory by defeating Campbell Newman’s Liberal National Party in Queensland.
Federal MP Justine Elliot will host the event.
Voters will have the chance to meet Labor’s North Coast team for the federal election, which includes Tweed candidate Ron Goodman, Isaac Smith of Lismore, Paul Spooner of Ballina, Trent Gilbert of the Clarence, as well as north coast shadow minister Walt Secord.
Mr Secord said the Nationals had failed the north coast and had let down local families and businesses.
‘It is time to stop the Liberals-Nationals ideological obsession with electricity privatisation,’ Mr Secord said.
‘Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk stopped the LNP in Queensland and it is time that Labor and Luke Foley stopped the Liberals-Nationals from privatising our electricity network.
‘Electricity privatisation, a ban on CSG on the north coast and cuts to health by the Liberals-Nationals at both the state and federal levels are key election issues on the north coast.
‘The Nationals have failed on health, CSG and electricity privatisation. It is time to send Thomas George (Lismore), Geoff Provest (Tweed), Chris Gulaptis (Clarence) and Kris Beavis (Ballina) packing.
Meanwhile, the Greens are hoping their election chances will be enhanced by an appearance by the popular West Australian Greens senator Scott Ludlam, who has emerged as a star performer for the party.
Senator Ludlam will join Lismore candidate Adam Guise, Ballina candidate Tamara Smith and Tweed candidate Andrea Vickers.
Dawn Walker, a Tweed local and Upper House candidate will MC the evening.
The launch will be held at the Murwillumbah Community Centre at 7pm.
The Greens are hoping that Mr Guise can win the seat from incumbent National party member Thomas George.
The Lismore seat takes in the Murwillumbah area of the Tweed.
‘Traditionally a strong National seat, the party currently has a 24.3 per cent majority,’ the Greens said in a statement.
‘But local outrage over CSG, TAFE privatisation and sale of the electricity network could mean that sitting MP Thomas George could lose his seat. According to political commentator Antony Green, this seat could well turn into a three-way contest between Adam Guise, Thomas George and Labor.
‘A Greens win will make NSW political history and send the strongest message about the need to ban CSG in NSW; a long standing Greens policy.’