Williams on top

By DAVID MOASE

ALP CANDIDATE Allan Williams has won the coveted top position on the ballot paper for the Federal electorate of Cowper. Six candidates have nominated for the National Party stronghold held by Luke Hartsuyker. The sitting member will be listed in third position on the ballot paper, below his two main rivals for votes, Mr Williams and Greens candidate John Carty. Below Mr Hartsuyker will be Australian Democrats' candidate Trevor Kapeen, Norm Mann of the Lower Excise Fuel and Beer Party, and Allan Stokes, the candidate for Pauline Hanson's One Nation (NSW Division). Mr Williams said while it was not the ballot he would prefer to win, gaining top place on the ballot paper was a good start. "It is a good way to attract attention and strengthens the opportunity for people to look at the alternatives and consider making a change in Cowper," he said. The positioning of Labor and the Greens above Mr Hartsuyker may boost their chances when preferences are distributed. Mr Williams said the parties were in discussions about sharing preferences. The Greens would decide where to distribute their preferneces in the next few days, Mr Carty said.



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