Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks to the media during a press conference at Centennial Park in Sydney, Sunday, June 12, 2016. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch) NO ARCHIVING
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks to the media during a press conference at Centennial Park in Sydney, Sunday, June 12, 2016. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch) NO ARCHIVING LUKAS COCH

Editorial - June 29, 2016: Who will run and who will serve?

IF the pundits are right, Malcolm Turnbull will be returned as Prime Minister edging out Bill Shorten and stopping a sixth change of leadership in six years.

In Page, Labor's Janelle Saffin has ahead of incumbent Kevin Hogan, despite The Nationals cross-media advertising, most noticeably through Google.

In Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker sits marginally ahead of Rob Oakeshott after a heavy advertising spend in traditional media - this newspaper included - being backed by funding pledges.

Mr Oakeshott, as a last minute contender is mounting his campaign from the dining room table and the driver's seat vowing to keep delivering the funds to Cowper.

When the money is committed pre-election you know politics is healthy in your electorate.

Times are obviously tense days out from the polls, but amid the claims of cyber attacks on domain names and candidates standing just for the $2.26 per vote, there are two things voters need most - honesty and humour.

There are things that speak the truth- children, drunk people and belt buckles, but for politicians its all about the polls and the people.

In all honesty, Northern NSW voters could determine where the power lies and that's no joke.

Matt Deans, Editor



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