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James Wright – Lower House Candidate For Ballina

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Voters in the Ballina electorate now have six candidates to choose from in the upcoming NSW election, with Keep Sydney Open and Sustainable Australia parties registering candidates late in the race.

Keep Sydney Open and Sustainable Australia join the Animal Justice Party, Country Labor, The Greens and the Nationals in fielding candidates across the northern rivers in the Tweed, Ballina and Lismore electorates.

James Wright is representing Keep Sydney Open in Ballina and says there is a ‘cultural emergency happening in NSW’.

‘It started half a decade ago with the introduction of the lock out laws in Sydney,’ he says, ‘and it is now extending to extreme pay-for-policing policies at music festivals and public events’.

Despite the party name, Mr Wright says Keep Sydney Open has 42 candidates across the state and is ‘now about keeping Ballina, Brunswick Heads, Alstonville, Federal, Mullumbimby, Byron, Newcastle and The Blue Mountains open’.

Sustainable Australia’s Ballina candidate Lisa Mcdermott

Sustainable Australia’s Lisa McDermott says her party’s policies include a ‘sustainable environment and population, affordable housing for first home buyers and renters, secure jobs via a more diverse economy and better planning to stop overdevelopment’. 

The Echo has ambitiously attempted to collate policies and pledges from the candidates for the seat of Ballina.


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NSW state election 2019

Voters in the Ballina electorate (Byron and Ballina Council areas) have six candidates to choose from. In order of the ballot and the above photo montage (left to right) they are: Keep Sydney Open’s James Wright, Animal Justice Party’s...

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NSW 2019 Ballina candidate policies

Echonetdaily has contacted all of the candidates for Ballina in the upcoming NSW election and have compiled their policies on a range of important issues.

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NSW 2019 Ballina candidate profiles

In order of the ballot, the Ballina candidates are: Keep Sydney Open’s James Wright Thirty-six-year old year old radio broadcaster, filmmaker, futurist and father of three, James Wright has been a resident of the Byron Shire for five years. Working in the...

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