Craig Baumann Member of Parliament for Port Stephens wrote this for the Myall Coast News of the area
DEAR Myall Coast News,
I am pleased to serve the community as the Member for Port Stephens.
Last Monday I was involved in interviewing local high school students vying for selection for a trip to Gallipoli and then travelled to Sydney for State Parliament and was unfortunately unable to meet your deadline.
It was a great pleasure to address the North Arm Cove Residents Association.
There was plenty of spirited debate about a range of issues – exactly what democracy is all about.
I thank the Association for their invitation to attend and as I said on the day, congratulate them for their continued hard work in making North Arm Cove such a wonderful hamlet in which to live and visit.
As you would know, following the ICAC hearings I have stepped aside from the Parliamentary Liberal Party, meaning I sit on the cross bench in Parliament until the Commissioner delivers her final report in January.
I am still a proud member of the Liberal party and I am currently the endorsed Liberal candidate for the March 2015 election.
I have publicly apologised for my errors in reporting donations back in 2007 and reiterate that I have received not one cent in illegal donations and I certainly have not given any inappropriate preferential treatment to any supporter.
Serving my constituents in Port Stephens is my number one priority – the Coalition has been in government for only three and a half years after16 long years of Labor neglect.
We are making NSW Number One again and I look forward to continue working to help make my electorate even better.