Janelle Saffin, since 2007. Previously Member of the NSW Legislative Council 1995-2003.
North coast of NSW. Page covers the towns of Lismore, Ballina, Kyogle, Casino, Grafton and Yamba.
Page was first created for the 1984 election. The first member for Page was Ian Robinson (NAT), who had previously been member for Cowper since 1963. Robinson was defeated in 1990 by Harry Woods (ALP) after 27 years in federal parliament.
Woods was defeated by former state minister Ian Causley (NAT) at the 1996 election. Wood proceeded to win the by-election for Causley’s former state seat of Clarence and went on to serve as a minister in Bob Carr’s second term.
Causley served in federal Parliament for eleven years, retiring in 2007. The ALP preselected former state upper house MP and advisor to Jose Ramos Horta, Janelle Saffin, while the Nationals preselected former Mayor of Maclean Chris Gulaptis. Despite a 5.5% margin for the Nationals, the ALP won Page on a 7.8% swing.
In 2010, Saffin was re-elected with a swing towards Labor of 1.8%, an outlier result in an election where Labor went backwards across the country.
- Kevin Hogan (Nationals)
- Janelle Saffin (Labor)
- Carol Ordish (Christian Democratic Party)
- Stephen Janes (Palmer United Party)
- Desley Banks (Greens)
- Rod Smith (One Nation)
Page is a marginal Labor seat, and was held by the National Party for the entirety of the Howard government. The seat would certainly be vulnerable if there is a swing against Labor. Despite this, Saffin gained a swing against the trend in 2010 and could potentially go against the trend.
2010 two-candidate-preferred result
Booths have been divided into five areas, along the lines of local government areas: Ballina, Lismore, Clarence Valley, Richmond Valley and Kyogle.
The ALP won a majority in all five areas, varying from 59.4% in Lismore to 51% in Kyogle.
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