News

Richmond seat rivals swap blows on CSG

A first: Richmond MP Justine Elliott.
A first: Richmond MP Justine Elliott.

RICHMOND MP Justine Elliot has called on a candidate for September's federal election to state his position on coal seam gas.

The call from Mrs Elliot comes a week after Matthew Fraser said the Member for Richmond should resign from the Labor Party if she was serious about stopping CSG in the electorate.

"He needs to come clean and tell locals what he thinks; not what National Party headquarters in Sydney tells him to say," Mrs Elliot said.

"To date Matthew Fraser has been hiding behind weasel words rather than actually giving an honest answer to the question: Does he support CSG mining on the North Coast?"

Mr Fraser said Mrs Elliot's opposition to coal seam gas mining had only come since an election had been called.

"My position has never backflipped," Mr Fraser said. "I will answer that question (on CSG) when Mrs Elliot comes clean."

Earlier this week Mr Fraser said Mrs Elliot's statements on CSG were "extremely hypocritical", stating he thought she was trying to make people believe she could make a difference. "Once she joins her colleagues in the Labor Party's caucus room, she'll have to toe the party line and support Labor policy.

"Tony Burke and his Federal Labor Party colleagues are clearly committed to forging ahead with these 110 new CSG mines.

"Mrs Elliot's sudden standpoint is a stunt, plain and simple, and will not contribute one iota to reversing Labor's plans to open up NSW, and in turn the Richmond electorate, to CSG mining."

Mrs Elliot said Mr Fraser's demand for her resignation showed he "just isn't up to the job of being a candidate".



Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

How milk and bread almost killed me

Carly Hicks of Banora Point whips up a healthy meal.

It took three years for Carly Hicks to turn her life around

Dying man pays last tribute to Tweed charity

Ken Simpson, shortly before his passing, helped Wedgetail to fundraise.

Ken Simpson faced a grim, cold death on the streets

Plea for equal love

RECOGNITION: Rosa Caceres and Julie Robinson, from Fingal, fronted Opposition leader Bill Shorten over same-sex marriage.

Love doesn’t discriminate and neither should we, Fingal couple says

Latest deals and offers

IBAC Evidence Police Bashing 5

Officers drag the woman back to her cell

In this video the woman drinks water from the toilet.

IBAC Evidence Police Bashing 4

In this video the woman asks for water as the tap in the room is broken

IBAC Evidence Police Bashing 3

In this video police continue their search and male officers are present despite...

Perfect time to invest in Northern Rivers property

The Northern Rivers rental market is tighter than Sydney making it the perfect time for investors to get better returns out of property than superannuation or banks deposits.

Low interest rates and tight rental market are prime time to invest