Country Labor candidate Peter Lanyon said a Labor local member was needed in state parliament to give the region a stronger voice and to get the funding it deserves, rather than see it go to other seats.
His comments echoed Labor Party strategists who have been urging voters to back their candidates and get an MP who can argue the regions case from inside the governing party.
The arguement has been rebutted by member for Ballina Don Page who said it was not necessarily true as Ballina received more funding last year than the seat of Tweed, held by Labor.
Meanwhile, the Democrats candidate for Lismore, Julia Melland, told the forum she was the only woman you can vote for in the electorate and we need more women in parliament.
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