Former State MP for Menai, Alison Megarrity has been confirmed as the Labor candidate for Hughes on the first full day of the federal election campaign.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd fired the starter’s gun yesterday for the poll on September 7.
Ms Megarrity marked her pre-selection by hanging a banner above shops at Sutherland.
The banner, on which the Labor Party logo is barely visible, hangs just outside the eastern boundary of the electorate, which is the railway line.
Ms Megarrity said ‘‘it looks into Hughes’’ and would also be seen by many voters from the electorate.
‘‘Local voters should have a real choice on election day and I feel that I still have more to give in serving my community,’’ she said.
Liberal candidate Craig Kelly, who holds the seat with a 5.2 per cent margin, said the election was ‘‘a clear choice between more of the same from Labor and real change from the Coalition’’.
‘‘At this election, the Coalition offers strong, experienced and stable government, a stronger economy, stronger borders, a stronger Australia and a better future – for all Australians,’’ he said.
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