Sunday, 26 October 2014
Image from ABC News 26 October 2014
The NSW Electoral Commission recorded that Tim Crakanthorp had received Jodi Harrison 49.39%
NSW Liberal MP for Charlestown Andrew Cornwell and then NSW Liberal MP for Newcastle were involved in receipt and use of irregular and/or unlawful political donations.
Operation Spicer and Credo hearings saw a total of thirteen Liberal Party federal, state and local government politicians either resign, move to the cross benches and/or stand aside from parliamentary positions until investigations findings are published.
Knowing that defeat in these by-elections was inevitable the Baird Coalition Government chose not to contest the seats.
However, in a little over five months’ time in March 2013, the NSW Liberal-National Coalition is expected to have candidates stand in these seats at the state general election.
So Crakanthorp and Harrison have only a short time to make their mark on Hunter region voters before they have to fight to keep their newly-won seats in the NSW Legislative Assembly.