By DAVID BANCROFT
THE North Coast's newest Labor politician will only consider contesting a lower house seat if his chances of winning are a long shot.
Lismore politician Peter Breen, who was elected to the Upper House of the State Parliament in 1999 as a member of the Reform the Legal System Party, joined the Labor Party two weeks ago, but is yet to attend a branch meeting.
He hopes to join a branch in his home town of Lismore and intends to find his feet before he considers any further forays into politics.
But they are not out of the question.
With less than 12 months before the next State election and a Federal election due before January 2008, Mr Breen will soon need to settle on his intentions.
"It depends on what opportunities there are in the Labor Party," the former solicitor said yesterday.
"It depends what's on offer. I also have to consider my future."
He said the Page electorate, held by the Ian Causley of the Nationals since 1996, would need to change hands if Labor was to win government in the next federal election.
But he was coy on whether he would stand against Mr Causley.
"I think Mr Causley is in a strong position with a strong personal following," he said.
"But if there was a shift in the national mood you would expect that to follow through to Page.
"The Coalition won't be in government forever."
Mr Breen said that election wins in the State seat of Tweed and the Federal seat of Richmond, plus a strong showing by Labor in Page during the 2001 election, demonstrated that changing demographics on the North Coast meant voting patterns in the region would change.