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Seat of Tweed has six in the 2023 electoral race

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Nominations for the NSW state elections have now closed and the ballot order has been confirmed. Six candidates have been nominated to contest the seat of Tweed.

National Party member for Tweed, Geoff Provest.

The seat is currently held by Geoff Provest for the Nationals by a margin of five per cent. He has held the seat since 2007.

The Tweed electorate runs from the Queensland border in the north to Wooyoung and Burringbar in the south. It incorporates Tumbulgum and Fernvale, splits Stokers Siding in half and excludes Murwillumbah. The state seat of Tweed which covers 512.336 square kilometres is smaller are than the Tweed Shire area of 1,308 square kilometres.

Craig Elliot, ALP candidate for the seat of Tweed at the 2019 state election. Photo supplied

Labor candidate Craig Elliot husband of sitting Federal member for Richmond Justine Elliot, is the key contender for the seat. In the 2019 state election on a two-party preferred basis, Labor received 45 per cent of the vote and Nationals won with 55 per cent of the vote. 

Ciara Denham is running for the seat of Tweed in the upcoming state elections. Photo supplied

The Greens candidate usually run third and with new entrant to the field Ciara Denham entering the race for The Greens it will be interesting to see if they improve on their 13.8 per cent primary vote from 2019. 

Ronald McDonald has taken out the first position on the ballot draw running for the Sustainable Australia Party – Stop Overdevelopment / Corruption while Sean Marc of the Legalise Cannabis Party has taken second ballot position. Susie Hearder is running for the Animal Justice Party.

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  1. As in every other State in mainland Australia. The Lieberals and the Multinational Miningcorp Party COALition have lost any right to be voted for and to govern in any capacity anywhere, through their absolute negligence, failed ideology and non existent policy platform.
    The selling off of our schools, just over the gerrymandered electoral boundaries, with no community consultation, affecting so many , children, parents and teachers that live in this tiny gerrymandered Tweed electorate, that doesn’t even cover and include our Tweed Shire council chambers is so very wrong?
    Provest has forfeited his right to represent Tweed or anywhere, by not even so much as objecting to this insult.
    In view of all the public sell offs by the LNP, especially our hospitals to a Cayman Island listed group, we can expect a short time line until the still incomplete and doubtful to be ever properly staffed Tweed Valley hospital, is eventually privatised and our Murwillumbah and Tweed hospitals demolished and the land sold to developers like the public schools. There’s only one party that can get enough votes to defeat the LNP coalition and that is, like in every other state the Labor party. Any other vote will just see the LNP waste another 4 years, selling off public assets. If you feel you choose to vote for any other party you must second preference Labor or make no mistake that vote will be lost to the LNP! The National party is terrified of your preference vote, it can and will throw them out of Govt, as they have already been in every other mainland state in Australia!

  2. They have already decided the outcome amongst themselves. The engineered Sydney rail disruptions have communicated to me the already decided outcome (Labor). Remember, they are all part of the same team and they sit comfortable in their collective hold on power. They keep the illusion of democracy in place however for obvious reasons. Governments are easy to change. It does not take much, only a slight nudge one way or the other. Remember, it is not the voters that decide the outcome of an election. It is the people who count the votes that determine the outcome.


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