ABOVE: Nationals Kevin Hogan celebrates retaining the seat of Page with his supporters. Photo: Contributed
Labor candidate Patrick Deegan has congratulated Nationals MP Kevin Hogan for retaining the seat of Page.
“It was clear throughout the pre-poll period and again today that Kevin has built a very strong personal brand in the region.
“While many people were unhappy with the Morrison Government, the people of Northern NSW have given Kevin strong endorsement to continue as their representative.”
The ABC’s Antony Green has called the seat of Page with more than 20% of the vote counted.
Mr Green is projecting Kevin Hogan will retain the seat, on the back of a 3.5% swing in his favour in the two-party preferred vote.
Independent candidate for Page Hanabeth Luke said they were sitting on 12% of the primary vote and Greens and Labor preferences were yet to come in. This was at 9.50pm.
”We haven’t got where we were hoping we would get,” Ms Luke said.
She was proud of what the grassroots campiagn achieved in such a short time.
“A few months ago we didn’t exist.”
Ms Luke has every intention of keeping going in the political landscape.
She was inspired by the strong independent women with integrity who ran as Independent candidates.
Tonight’s winner, Federal MP Kevin Hogan will represent Page for a third term.
“Very humbling to be re-elected as our community representative in Canberra. I thank people for their support,” Mr Hogan said.
“This one is personal, the flood recovery task has only just begun, there is much more to do. I will work with and push any government, State or Federal, both Coalition and Labor, and any bureaucrat to speed up our recovery. The task is above politics and needs continued urgency.”
I look forward to continuing to deliver the infrastructure and services our growing communities need.