Fraser campaign officially underway
NATIONALS candidate for Richmond Matthew Fraser officially launched his campaign on Sunday, pledging accountability in politics and a renewed vigour to take up the fight for Tweed locals.
With just over four weeks to go until the Federal election on July 2, Mr Fraser launched his campaign outside the Nationals conference at Tweed Heads, flanked by Deputy Nationals leader and Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash and more than 100 party supporters.
He will go up against sitting MP Justine Elliot (Labor) who will contest the seat for her fifth term, as well as Greens candidate Dawn Walker and Neil Smith of One Nation. Mr Fraser said his biggest pitch for a positive local change would be the lack of accountability in politics.
"People are genuinely sick of politicians working for big multinationals, big banks and big unions instead of locals like us," Mr Fraser said.
"This election is about who can actually deliver local projects in government. If elected, I will make representations to absolutely everyone to secure local funding.
"I will write letters, knock on doors, call for the funding on the floor of Parliament, and do whatever it takes to have our concerns heard. I want to put locals first again."
Deputy Nationals Leader and Minister for Regional Development Fiona Ms Nash said Richmond needed a stronger voice inside government.
"With Matthew Fraser in Canberra as part of the Nationals team, Richmond will have a local champion putting your issues first," Ms Nash said.
"We need Matthew in our party-room, in government, putting the case for local schools and hospitals, delivering more jobs and taking action ion ice.
"The choice is clear in Richmond. Matthew has been working hard for the local community for many years and this passion and drive is what gets things done in Canberra."
The launch followed a promise last week by Mr Fraser to crackdown on ice dealers if elected, following reports of children as young as seven fetching drugs for their parents.
But Mrs Elliot said Coalition cuts had impacted law enforcement and drug treatment in the region.