Janelle Saffin, since 2007.
North coast of NSW. Page covers the towns of Lismore, Ballina, Kyogle, Casino, Grafton and Yamba.
Page was slightly expanded to include areas south of Grafton. This had no impact on the margin.
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.
- Jeff Johnson (Greens) – Ballina councillor.
- Janelle Saffin (Labor) – Member for Page since 2007, previously Member of the Legislative Council 1995-2003.
- Kevin Hogan (Nationals)
- Merle Summerville (Independent)
- Julia Melland (Democrats)
- Doug Behn (Independent)
Changing demographics have made Page stronger for the ALP, but it remains an incredibly marginal seat. Page is one of the key seats the Nationals will be aiming to regain.
2007 two-candidate-preferred result
Results do not take into consideration effects of the redistribution.
Page covers five local government areas: the entirety of Kyogle and Richmond Valley LGAs and parts of Lismore, Ballina and Clarence Valley LGAs. I have divided booths between these five local government areas. The ALP won a majority in all five LGAs, although Lismore LGA was won with 57% of the vote, while the ALP only won 50-52% in the other four LGAs. The Greens performed particularly well in Lismore and Kyogle.
The ALP won all but one booth in the major centres of Lismore, Grafton and Casino, while the Nationals won some large booths in Yamba, Ballina and Kyogle.
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