Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Smith a Reluctant Labor Starter for Lismore

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Smith a Reluctant Labor Starter for Lismore

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Byline: Alex Easton

ISAAC Smith might be going to stand as the Labor candidate in Lismore at next year's NSW election, but that doesn't mean he's much of a fan of the party.

"The (political) system we are using is broken," Mr Smith says, referring to the ongoing ICAC inquiry that has dragged the Labor and Liberal parties through the mud and what he sees as a need for big changes to the way politics and politicians operate.

"It's one of the reasons I haven't run for state (politics) before, but it's time to put up or shut up."

To say winning the seat would be a challenge for Mr Smith would be an understatement. The Lismore councillor is facing off against a well established opponent with an enormous 24% margin in a seat where significant parts, such as Murwillumbah and Tenterfield, have never heard of him.

And if he manages to win the seat, Mr Smith will face a whole different set of challenges.

As a councillor and member of the Lismore Labor branch, Mr Smith has been freely critical of NSW Labor, particularly towards the end of the party's last term in government and over issues ranging from coal seam gas to the Casino-Murwillumbah rail line. …

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