Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

High Hopes of Seat in Senate

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

High Hopes of Seat in Senate

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Byline: Andy Parks Andy.parks@northernstar.com.au

POLITICAL analysts are giving Lismore's James Moylan a good chance of taking out a Western Australia Senate spot for the HEMP Party.

The election will be held on April 5 after the previous result was declared void as 1370 votes went missing.

Mr Moylan is a former president of SCU's student association and is the national campaign director of the HEMP Party.

He and his 19-year-old daughter Tayla are running as HEMP candidates and pollsters are predicting that because of preference deals with the Palmer United Party, there is a chance Mr Moylan may take the sixth spot.

But Mr Moylan was downplaying his chances, saying it was "unlikely".

"Mostly it is the Liberals and PUP and The Greens chucking a wobbly for their core (voters), trying to paint us as a big nasty. It's getting us lots of free publicity but I'd say my chances are about one in six at the moment," he said.

HEMP has put Labor and PUP ahead of The Greens in their preferences, which has caused a backlash from The Greens due to concern it may push their candidate Scott Ludlam out of the final spot. …

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