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Tit for tat between pollies

Mrs Elliot said she had no personal problem with Mr Provest, only a professional one.
Mrs Elliot said she had no personal problem with Mr Provest, only a professional one.

TWEED'S two most prominent politicians appear to have mastered the art of politely slapping each other - verbally of course.

It's tough business representing governments at state and federal level, but when they are of different political flavours in the same region, it adds up to perpetual verbal jousting.

Cue Federal MP Justine Elliott and State MP Geoff Provest.

Mrs Elliot said she had no personal problem with Mr Provest, only a professional one.

"I can't remain silent while Geoff Provest continues to fail the people of the Tweed," she said.

"Mr Provest is a nice guy but at the end of the day he's just not up to the job of delivering for our community.

"I will continue to hold Geoff Provest and his government to account, but I can't do his job for him.

"I can't be the Federal Member for Richmond and the State Member for Tweed at the same time."

Mr Elliot said the State Government had failed to deliver on its promises such as funding for a homeless shelter, funding to build the western side of Kirkwood Rd and delivering a high school at Pottsville.

"Locals are also disappointed with many of the harsh laws that Geoff and his government have brought in," she said.

"Harsh laws like cutting the benefits to locals who are injured at work or allowing shooting in our precious national parks."

Mr Provest said he also did not have "personal issues" with the federal member.

"She is a nice enough individual who has the best interest of locals at heart," Mr Provest said.

"Unfortunately the same cannot be said of the government she belongs to and of which she has no choice but to follow the directives, because that is how the Labor Party works.

"In terms of the apparent conflict between us, you will find that I am almost always on the 'tat' side of the 'tit for tat' exchanges.

"A big problem for Ms Elliot is the Labor Party machine staff that are thrust upon her, who serve the Labor Party rather than the interests of the community, as they should, being funded by taxpayers.

"Mrs Elliot personally has never had a cross word with me when I meet her."

Topics:  government, justine elliot, kirkwood rd, tweed heads



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