THE most-travelled Tweed Shire councillor Joan van Lieshout says she has “no problems” with the public knowing how much she spent.
THE most-travelled Tweed Shire councillor Joan van Lieshout says she has “no problems” with the public knowing how much she spent.

Liberals disaster had to happen

TWEED Liberal Party nominee for Richmond, Joan van Lieshout, considers yesterday’s Coalition leadership change as the disaster the party had to have.

Speaking to the Tweed Daily News in the wake of the Coalition’s election of Tony Abbott as leader, Mrs van Lieshout said she hoped the party would now move forward and grow.

“I believe this had to happen in the Liberal Party; there had to be a new direction,” Mrs van Lieshout said.

The change in leadership revolved around the party’s view on Labor’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

Former leader Malcolm Turnbull said the party should support the scheme with amendments, while Mr Abbott wanted the party to reject it.

Mrs van Lieshout said the ETS “tax” was an horrific affront to the regular householder across Australia, most of whom had little understanding of how the system would work.

“I agree totally we should wait and look far harder at the ETS, and if Tony Abbott wants to do that, I totally support that,” Mrs van Lieshout said.

She admitted there was disappointment about how the whole episode played itself out, and she hoped Malcolm Turnbull would continue with the party.

Meanwhile, turmoil in the party had delayed Mrs van Lieshout’s nomination, and she said she was waiting to conference with the new leadership.

Mrs van Lieshout’s husband, Peter, who recently founded the Murwillumbah Liberal Party branch, said he was reasonably happy with the party’s new leader.

“Personally, I have always been a climate sceptic, so am personally pleased with what has happened,” he said.

“This will sort the party out; the party needs a good shake-up to figure out where it is going.”

Mr van Lieshout said a federal election fought on the ETS would benefit the Coalition.

“If there was an election fought on the ETS, it would suit the Coalition,” he said.

“It would be a good thing to have an election on that basis.”



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