New South Wales Opposition Leader Luke Foley will today start a two-day blitz of multiple seats in the Northern Rivers, which has become an unlikely key battleground in the upcoming election.
Voters across NSW head to the polls on March 28.
While the seats of Ballina, Lismore and Tweed are all held by the Nationals on margins above 21 per cent, the ABC’s election analyst Antony Green recently explained the seats were far less safe than the numbers revealed.
Labor believes it has a real chance of snatching the seats because of voters’ anger over coal seam gas (CSG) drilling, the State Government’s electricity privatisation plans and cuts to local health services.
But the Greens are also strong contenders in Ballina and Lismore, so those seats are likely to turn into tight three-cornered contests.
The Nationals’ showing in Ballina is also expected to take an added hit from the retirement of incumbent MP Don Page, who has previously attracted a high personal vote and held the seat for 27 years.
Labor is hoping its pledge to permanently ban all CSG activity on the north coast if it is elected will be a vote winner.
It has set up a field office in Ballina and flown in staffers who worked on its successful state election campaigns in Queensland and Victoria.
On Friday, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will join Mr Foley at the ALP’s north coast campaign launch at Banora Point, just south of the border.
Source: ABC News