Janelle Saffin celebrates her win in Page with, front left, campaign director Glenys Ritchie and, front right, Oan Gasorn and friends at the Lismore Workers club on Saturday night.
Janelle Saffin celebrates her win in Page with, front left, campaign director Glenys Ritchie and, front right, Oan Gasorn and friends at the Lismore Workers club on Saturday night.

Saffin survives backlash

THE savage backlash of voters against the ALP in Saturday’s federal election was a response to the dire performance of the State Labor Government, said the re-elected Member for Page Janelle Saffin.

Ms Saffin bucked the state trend in Saturday’s poll, boosting her vote by between four and five per cent, but she was one of few Labor MPs in NSW to weather the storm of protest.

“My reaction to it (the ALP’s loss of seats) is that the people have spoken and that’s what they do in elections,” Ms Saffin said, “and we who are elected have to deal with it.

“As an elected member for Page I’ll be doing the things that I’ve been doing for the last three years.”

Ms Saffin said while a reward for her efforts would be welcome, her real reward as a sitting member was the support she received from the community for the election commitments she made. She said people needed to wait and see what happened to those commitments as counting continues during the week and the major parties jockey to form a minority government.

Ms Saffin said her success in Page was not due to the five weeks of the campaign, but a three-year term of hard work in the electorate.

“My way of working is to be very actively engaged with the community every week, every day and be out and about with everybody, but then get on and do things,” she said.

“That’s how I am and that’s how I see the role as an elected representative.”

Ms Saffin agreed with a criticism the government failed to give itself sufficient credit for its performance during the global financial crisis.

“It’s a point I made in the election,” she said.

“If you’ve got to point to the government for one great thing – and there’s quite a few – the one thing I said was keeping us out of the global recession. We kept hundreds of thousands of people in jobs and really made a difference with the stimulus to our economy.”

Yesterday, Ms Saffin celebrated her victory at the Lawrence Hall with members of her Clarence Valley election team.

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