Senator Kristina Keneally with ALP candidate for Cowper Andrew Woodward.
Senator Kristina Keneally with ALP candidate for Cowper Andrew Woodward. TREVOR VEALE

Woodward makes no bones about it 'put Nationals last'

LABOR candidate for Cowper Andrew Woodward has urged the party faithful and swinging voters in Cowper to put The Nationals last in finalising his preferences today.

Despite independent candidate for Cowper, Rob Oakeshott ruling out any preference deals on Friday, Mr Woodward has called on voters to put Mr Oakeshott second behind him, and Greens candidate Lauren Edwards third.

Mr Woodward was insistent voters should place Nationals candidate Patrick Conaghan last on the ballot vote.

So who's got your vote in the Federal seat of Cowper?

This poll ended on 18 May 2019.

Current Results

Ruth Meades, Christian Democratic Party


Pat Conaghan, The Nationals


Alexander Stewart, United Australia Party


Andrew Woodward, Labor


Robert Oakeshott, Independent


Lauren Edwards, The Greens


Kellie Pearce, Animal Justice Party


Allan Green, Independent


This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

"When people go to vote in this year's federal election, they should remember two critical things. One, we'll all be better off with a Labor voice inside a Labor Government. Two, put the Nationals last. They don't deserve your vote," Mr Woodward said.  


Labor candidate for Cowper Andrew Woodward at Coffs Harbour Neighbourhood Centre.. 11 APRIL  2018
Australian Labor Party candidate for Cowper Andrew Woodward. TREVOR VEALE

"The cuts, chaos and division of the Liberals and Nationals have to end.

"We need Labor's good policy, stability and focus on fairness.

He said a vote for Labor was a vote for change while a vote for the Nationals is 'a vote for more of the same'.

"A vote for minor parties and independents will not deliver the change we badly need. Indeed, it could result in Scott Morrison and the Nationals remaining in power," he said.  

Matthew Deans

"Labor has a positive plan for Australia. In this campaign alone, we have set the agenda with the Medicare cancer plan; addressing domestic violence; increasing support for childcare and helping pensioners cope with dental costs. 

"Locally, Labor has a plan to address the critical problems on the coast and ensure we have a positive, prosperous and sustainable future. 

"Addressing the youth unemployment crisis; protecting the environment; reducing inequality and increasing trust in government are what locals want fixed."