Stephen Janes, part owner of That New Coffee Shop at Ballina and Page candidate for the Palmer United Party.
Stephen Janes, part owner of That New Coffee Shop at Ballina and Page candidate for the Palmer United Party.

Ballina man named as Page candidate for Palmer's party

ONE half of the duo that introduced suspended coffees to the Northern Rivers is now standing as the Page candidate for the political party set up by Queensland mining magnate Clive Palmer.

Mr Palmer has announced Stephen Janes, who owns That New Coffee Shop at Ballina with his wife, Jennie, will stand challenge sitting member Janelle Saffin for the seat of Page at the Federal election in September.

Mr Janes and his wife made headlines a couple of months ago when they introduced suspended coffees at their Ballina cafe, allowing people to buy extra coffees that could then be given to other people who were unable to afford one. 

In a statement released by the Palmer United Party, Mr Janes said he wanted to represent "people like me".

"I am standing for the seat of Page to represent people like me, the everyday Australian battlers who are doing their best to raise their families, run their businesses and whose confidence in Australia's future is lacking," he says in the statement.

"Clive Palmer's comments that the current political climate provides Australians with the opportunity to elect a credible and alternative party rings true for many Australians.

"The Palmer United Party represents all Australians and presents a common sense range of policies that will enable this country to reach its potential."

A spokesman for the party said it would field candidates in all 150 Lower House seats at the September poll.


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