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Labor targets 16 Federal seats while Coalition lags in naming candidates

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

Labor had stepped up its campaign to wrest at least 16 federal seats from the Howard government by confirming a new candidate in a key rural seat, as the Coalition belatedly named its contenders in a dozen NSW electorates, according to political correspondent David Crowe, reported The Australian Financial Review (25/9/2007, p. 10) .

Sea change: The moves nonetheless left the Liberal Party without candidates in three seats, including the notionally marginal electorate of Banks, held by Labor’s Daryl Melham on a margin of 3.2 per cent. And in a sign of coalition anxiety over how many seats it could lose, the government faced speculation yesterday that it would lose the South Australian electorate of Grey, even though it is one of the coalition’s 20 safest seats. Labor’s assistant national secretary Luke Foley said Labor had a chance to take advantage of the “sea change” shift that helped tip the nearby coastal seat of Richmond to Labor in 2004.

Candidate axed: Labor’s national executive yesterday confirmed a new candidate, local businessman Paul Sekfy, in the seat of Cowper on the North Coast of NSW, a Nationals stronghold since 1963 and held by MP Luke Hartsuyker on a margin of 6.7 per cent. Foley said the party’s research had shown the seat was winnable, triggering a review of the local campaign which concluded that the candidate, John Fitzroy, should be replaced.

Liberal’s list: The NSW Liberals said they had endorsed Georgina Anderson in Sydney, Lily Arthur in Prospect, Caroline Beinke (Kingsford-Smith), Daniel Caffrey (Grayndler), Colin Fowler (Cunningham), John Kealey (Shortland), John La Mela (Barton), Mark Majewski (Blaxland), Philip Mansour (Watson), Lindsay Paterson (Charlton), Jim Tsalakis (Lowe) and Krysia Walker (Newcastle). Candidates are expected to be confirmed in three other seats —Banks, Fowler and Werriwa — later this week.

The Australian Financial Review, 25/9/2007, p. 10

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