LABOR PLANS: Damian Wood and Anthony Albanese in Coffs Harbour this week.
LABOR PLANS: Damian Wood and Anthony Albanese in Coffs Harbour this week. Trevor Veale

Big job to win hearts and minds

HE'S got 10 weeks to try and turn the seat of Cowper, a safe Nationals seat for more than half a century, into one that will vote for the left side of politics.

It's a massive task ahead of the Labor candidate for Cowper, Damian Wood, but he's planning a grassroots campaign to complete it.

"I want to take the positive policies that Labor has out into the public and make the public aware of what the Labor Government will be able to do for every Australian not just those that are privileged," Mr Wood said.

An issue that raises passions within Mr Wood is health care and he believes the local area which has an aging population demographic is at risk if the Turnbull Government is returned to power at the upcoming election.

"The cuts that the current government are planning on making to Medicare in particular I believe are going to make a severe impact on the entire country," he said.

"This not something that's just going to affect one group of people. The cuts that they're planning on making to the funding are going to impact on everybody, it doesn't matter what your demographic is it's going to become an issue. You're going to have to pay more and I don't believe that that's fair in any way, shape or form."

The Opposition spokesman for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese, said Cowper had been taken for granted by the National Party and its member.

He said the best way to have Cowper foremost in the thoughts of political parties is to install a federal member in the local seat who's not from the Nationals for the first time since 1963.

"This region would be well served by having a local member who actually stood up for it and Damian Wood would do just that," Mr Albanese said.

"He works in the area, is from the area, connected with the area and a part of the local community and I'm pleased to be here to support his campaign."



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