THREE weeks out from NSW Election Day the Christian Democrat Party has held their official Tenterfield campaign launch.
Candidate, Gianpiero Battista, made another visit to Tenterfield on Monday night and in a show of his commitment to the race, brought CDP MP and Reverend Fred Nile offsider Paul Green along for the ride.
TENTERFIELD CAMPAIGN LAUNCH: Deborah Lions, Paul Green, Gianpiero Battista and Paul Lions before the CDP launch at Tenterfield Community Church on Monday evening.
Mr Green was elected to the NSW Legislative Council in 2011 and was on hand to tout Mr Battista’s qualities to an intimate meeting at the Tenterfield Community Church.
“The suggestion is that we’ll (CDP) have the balance of power in the upper house again – giving Gianpiero a direct line to Ministers,” Mr Green said.
“We’re committed to Gian and the local community.”
The fight against coal seam gas will receive the CDP seal of approval according to Mr Green who also said infrastructure and tourism were high on the party agenda.
“We need to work with farmers and get them out of a period of stagnation – people can reflect on what the other parties have done there.
“We’re supporting Gian because he is an experienced councillor and we think he can deliver, not because he’s a Christian.
“We can lead, do lead and it’s important we keep NSW rolling,” Mr Green said.
With Tenterfield, Mingoola, Jennings and other outlying villages far removed from many issues affecting the eastern parts of the Lismore electorate, Mr Battista said it was important that not all areas were painted with the same brush.
“Every village is unique – not one size fits all and we’ll endorse that,” he said.
Polls and wires is a contentious issue that is likely to play a part in this year’s election campaign and Mr Green indicated the CDP were on the fence at this stage.
NSW Premier Mike Baird plans to privatise the state’s electricity distribution network – a move that critics say will drastically increase household electricity bills.
“We need all the facts – we believe there should be a select inquiry into the process and the costs and benefits,” he said.
Mr Green touched on party president Fred Nile, a man never too far from the headlines.
“Fred has been in there (upper house) for 34 years and he’s known for some things but he’s done a thousand other good things,” he said.
In spite of recent controversies Mr Green was confident Reverend Nile would be reinstated for another term, and with that, continue to hold power in the NSW upper house. The pair held a breakfast meeting with Tenterfield and District Business Association on Tuesday morning to discuss local issues.
“We’re running 24 hours at the moment,” Mr Battista said.
Adam Guise and Greens MLC Jan Barham met in Lismore prior to Mr Guise’s campaign launch.
Greens kick off bid for Lismore electorate
PROGRESSIVE politics needs to come to the fore according to Lismore Greens candidate Adam Guise.
Mr Guise held his official campaign launch in Lismore on Saturday night and told an audience of 100-plus-people that he was out to make political history.
If elected Mr Guise would be the first Greens party member to hold the seat of Lismore.
“Conservative country party politicians have held the local seat for 50 years, but it is time for a progressive politician from the Greens to have a go.
“People are tired of the major parties looking after their mining mates and vested interests that are not genuinely representing the community.
“Thomas George and the National Party have betrayed our community,” Mr Guise said.
Voters go to the polls on March 28 and Mr Guise said he is looking forward to the run in having been campaigning for nearly eight months.
Adam Guise meets voters at his campaign launch on Saturday.
Mr Guise said if it goes to preferences, the Greens have a real chance, especially after their strong result in the last state election.
He believes internal polling is showing a pretty tight race between himself and the Nationals and Labor party candidates – discrediting the Christian Democrat Party’s chances.
Mr Guise said the crowd was “buzzing” at the launch and it was positive to see his message resonate with so many.
“The Greens stand for clean air, clean water, clean energy and clean politics.”
“The Lismore region has a bright future in renewable energy, sustainable agriculture and tourism which are a far better alternative than industrialised gas fields.
“To secure a gasfield free Northern Rivers this election, it’s critical for voters to number every square and put the Nationals last,” Mr Guise said.
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