Nine chase Richmond seat

Nine candidates will contest the seat of Richmond at the Federal election on August 21.


In the order they will appear on the ballot paper, they are Joan van Lieshout (Liberal), Justine Elliot (Labor), Matthew Hartley (Independent), David Robinson (Australian Democrats), Nic Faulkner (Independent), Alan Hunter (The Nationals), Julie Boyd (Independent), Joe Ebono (The Greens) and Stephen M Hegedus (Independent).


The seat is held by Labor’s Justine Elliot, who is also Minister for the Ageing.


The Byron Bay Community Centre is hosting a ‘Meet the Candidates’ event in the centre’s theatre on Thursday, August 19, starting at 7.30pm.


Candidates will each be given five minutes to speak and there will be questions from the floor.


An analysis by the National Sea Change Taskforce says coastal electorates will be crucial to the outcome of the election.


 Taskforce chairman Barry Sammels said the analysis had found the majority of electorates held with a margin of less than 3% were in coastal areas.


“Our analysis found that 12 of the 19 Labor seats with a margin of less than 3% are coastal electorates,” he said.

“And six of the 12 Coalition seats with a similar narrow margin are coastal electorates.


“This means that 18, or 58%, of the 31 Federal electorates held with a margin of less than 3% are coastal seats.

There is no doubt these electorates will play a critical role in deciding the outcome of the election.”


Mr Sammels said he was surprised the major parties had not done more to address the needs of Australia’s coastal communities.
 


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