Local Nationals candidate Matthew Fraser and party leader Warren Truss by the Tweed River.
Local Nationals candidate Matthew Fraser and party leader Warren Truss by the Tweed River. Blainey Woodham

CSG miners failed us: Truss

LEADER of The Nationals, Warren Truss, visited the Tweed yesterday to meet with the party's candidate for the seat of Richmond, Matthew Fraser, and hear about some of the issues foremost on Tweed residents' minds.

Mr Truss said The Nationals needed to work hard to get Mr Fraser across the line but felt he was an excellent candidate who, as a small businessman, knew how to balance a budget and make sure things were done efficiently and well.

"These are the sorts of principles which also deliver a better government."

Regarding coal seam gas mining Mr Truss said governments and mining company managements hadn't worked hard enough to explain what they were doing and had failed to address the concerns of the community.

However, CSG mining companies had learned some of the lessons recently as they'd made sure farmers and communities were getting a share of the revenue that was coming from these types of developments.

Mr Truss said the local tourist industry was badly affected by the carbon tax and compared to destinations where no carbon tax existed, the Tweed, and Australia, in general were at a disadvantage.

"Most Europeans wouldn't even know they pay a carbon tax. We do know," Mr Truss said.



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