And the pol­i­tics have be­gun

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - YOUR SAY -

RE­GARD­LESS of the Fed­eral po­lit­i­cal de­ba­cle, the Na­tional Party have pre­s­e­lected an out­stand­ing can­di­date in Patrick Con­aghan, to con­test the next elec­tion against the La­bor op­po­si­tion.

Patrick is a man who served the Cow­per com­mu­nity for seven years as a con­sta­ble and later a de­tec­tive, be­fore spend­ing four years as a po­lice pros­e­cu­tor.

He now runs a pri­vate le­gal prac­tice out of Port Mac­quarie and Syd­ney, also fre­quently de­liv­er­ing lec­tures on crim­i­nal law and civil rights.

His op­po­si­tion, An­drew Wood­ward, is seek­ing a cam­paign of dis­hon­esty and de­ceit in an at­tempt to win the Cow­per elec­tion.

Although Mr Wood­ward claimed (falsely), that Patrick lived in Syd­ney – the peo­ple of Cow­per should be aware that at the last elec­tion An­drew Wood­ward con­tested War­ringah, he only just moved to Bellin­gen when he was pre­s­e­lected, he spent his adult life liv­ing in Syd­ney and then San Fran­cisco and openly doesn’t sup­port Aus­tralia Day.

In other words, the man who claims his op­po­nent cur­rently lives in Syd­ney, was him­self liv­ing in Syd­ney while the Na­tion­als can­di­date was fight­ing drug crime in Cow­per.

While it is tough to vote Na­tional con­sider the cur­rent fed­eral de­ba­cle that is pol­i­tics, I will look for­ward to vot­ing for the best man for the job, Patrick Con­aghan.

Steven Troy, North Boam­bee.

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