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By DEAN LAWSON

Lower house, upper house, party or individual! And who is offering the best deal? Voters have plenty to think about when they go to the polls on Saturday.

With long-standing parliamentarians Hugh Delahunty and Joe Helper retiring and electoral boundary changes, the regional  electorates of Lowan and Ripon have been unusually flush with political activity.

It is hard to remember a state election when political parties, in opening the election war chests, have made such a financial commitment to our region. As commentators and information disseminators, it has been fascinating watching political strategies unfold.

Most of the attention has obviously centred on lower-house candidates who, if voted in, will wield considerable influence, regardless of which party wins the election.

Emma Kealy is an obvious favourite to hold Lowan for the Nationals while Ripon is up for grabs with Coalition opponents Louise Staley for the Liberals and Scott Turner, the Nationals, in a fight with Labor’s Daniel McGlone at the head of the field.

It can be an afterthought for many during an election, but voting in the upper house or Legislative Council looms almost as important as the Legislative Assembly.

Lately we’ve seen the federal ‘house of review’, with its eclectic representatives of society holding a handful of seats, throw spanners into the government decision-making process.

 

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Posted on Nov 27 2014

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