VIDEO: Richmond voters have their say in live Sky broadcast
NATIONAL eyes were on the seat of Richmond overnight, with One Nation's Pauline Hanson and Nationals candidate Matthew Fraser appearing as guests before a live Sky TV broadcast from Twin Towns.
Labor's sitting MP Justine Elliot missed out on the opportunity, declining the offer by Sky's Paul Murray to field questions from the studio audience, made up of several hundred voters from the electorate.
The conservative talk show host said he did not invite the Greens' candidate Dawn Walker to Twin Towns because he didn't want the party's "rent a crowd" to attend.
Nationals candidate Matthew Fraser answered audience questions on topics which spanned everything from the lack of local jobs to the housing shortage, with You Have a Friend founder John Lee questioning Mr Fraser over homelessness in Tweed.
In her absence, one audience member questioned Mr Fraser over Mrs Elliot's spate of "attack ads" in the Tweed Daily News, a question which was also raised at a forum at Banora Point earlier this week.
Mr Murray told the Tweed Daily News before the show went to air that Mrs Elliot's no-show was a missed opportunity to engage a full house of voters from the Richmond electorate.
"We gave them plenty of notice and plenty of chances and kept asking multiple times and put simply she said she didn't want to attend," he said.
"But the point is we have a full room without her - so it's her loss."
A spokesperson for Mrs Elliot said she had a long-standing prior commitment and was unable to attend.
He said Mrs Elliot's current advertisements were paid for by her campaign fund.
"Justine's current ads are funded from campaign funds and this money is donated by locals who support Labor's plans to protect Medicare from the Nationals' cruel cuts," her spokesperson said.
Queensland Senate candidate Pauline Hanson, whose One Nation Party candidate Neil Smith is running in Richmond, received applause for her call for a Royal Commission into Islam and her opposition to Safe Schools saying "minorities shouldn't rule the majorities".
She also revealed her personal experience with domestic violence.