We asked the four Richmond candidates what the biggest issues were facing the Tweed and how they would fix them. Here they explain in their own words.
GREENS - DAWN WALKER
THE Greens have our eyes firmly fixed on the big issues that matter to the Richmond electorate - protecting the environment, building a caring Australia and creating a new diversified, innovative and low-carbon economy.
The Greens believe that the priority for Richmond's environment is protection from CSG mining.
This is a toxic unproven mining method that has no place in the Northern Rivers, or wider Australia. Both Labor and the Coalition continue to back CSG mining throughout Australia and are approving new mines at the State and Federal level.
The Greens are totally opposed to CSG and have worked in State and Federal Parliament to stop this industry.
We want to move to a clean, caring economy by investing in renewable energy, education, raising the Newstart allowance above the poverty line and supporting single parents.
Unlike the old parties, we care about what life will be like in 50 years, not just the next three.
LABOR - JUSTINE ELLIOT
I AGREE with Kevin Rudd; we need a new way to meet the challenges and secure our future.
In the Tweed that means more jobs, better education, quality health services, and delivering fast and affordable broadband.
I'm proud to be Kevin Rudd's candidate and to have already delivered more than $1.5 billion for our community.
This includes fixing Sexton Hill, upgrading 90 schools, delivering the Tweed GP SuperClinic and building the Murwillumbah Community Centre.
The biggest risk to the Tweed is Tony Abbott and his candidate Matthew Fraser's plans to cut local jobs and services.
Locals know the National Party can't be trusted. They've already failed to deliver on their promises for more police, a homeless shelter, a Kennedy Dr bypass, and a High School at Pottsville. Currently the National Party is closing the Tweed Motor Registry and sacking many local workers.
On job security, Tony Abbott's candidate Matthew Fraser will bring back the worst of Workchoices by abolishing penalty rates.
On the issue of Coal Seam Gas mining. My position is very clear. I stand with the community and oppose CSG mining on the North Coast. This is in contrast to the Nationals candidate's pro-CSG drilling, fracking and expansion agenda.
The choice this election is clear - between Kevin Rudd and Labor's positive plans and Tony Abbott and the Nationals cuts to jobs and services.
NATIONALS - MATTHEW FRASER
WE have a lot going for us here on the North Coast but we have yet to reach our full potential.
Our region is being held back by high and unnecessary taxes.
Government debt is weighing down our economy and the cost of living is suffocating.
We need a strong new voice in Canberra to stand up for us and show that the North Coast will not be taken for granted.
The incumbent member voted to introduce Labor's carbon tax which is hurting small business.
Farmers, manufacturers and other industries in our region are suffering, putting local jobs at risk.
People living on the North Coast should not have to struggle between pay cheques or worry if one will even arrive - but they are.
Businesses should be profitable and growing - but they are not.
A new Liberal and Nationals government will repeal the carbon tax, relieving the financial pressures on local families and businesses.
We will pay down Labor's $300 billion debt and start working towards a surplus to protect our economy. We will cut tax rates, including 1.5% of company tax, to encourage growth, and create local jobs.
To make this change, you need to change your vote.
Richmond can help decide the government in Canberra and your choice is clear - more taxes, debt and risk under Labor, or The Nationals real experi- ence and real plans to get the North Coast back on track.
PALMER UNITED PARTY - PHIL ALLEN
AS do all Australians, the people of Richmond rightly have many concerns.
From my conversations, one theme is recurring - the increasing cost of living, rising unemployment, lack of adequate public services and failing infrastructure, all of which have occurred under Labor for the past eight years.
Simply put, life has become harder than it should be in a prosperous country like Australia.
As a doctor I have seen first hand the impact this has had on the people of Richmond. Recovery is possible with innovative policy and good management.
That is what the Palmer United Party offers and I am ready to take up this task for the people of Richmond
The Palmer United Party has announced policies to rebuild regional Australia, such as returning 25% of the wealth generated by Richmond back here to our community. We have also pledged increased funding for our public hospitals and schools.
For veterans and pensioners we have announced increases in their incomes. We will abolish Labor's carbon tax.* Candidates were ordered in alphabetical order of party names.
Which of these issues is most influencing the way you will vote this election?
This poll ended on 30 August 2013.
Job security - 14%
Cost of living - 8%
Education - 14%
Health - 8%
Environment - 32%
Asylum seekers - 5%
Other (list your issue in the comments) - 16%
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
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