The candidates for the seat of Richmond, Dawn Walker (left), Matthew Fraser (top centre), Justine Elliot (bottom centre) and Dr Phil Allen.
The candidates for the seat of Richmond, Dawn Walker (left), Matthew Fraser (top centre), Justine Elliot (bottom centre) and Dr Phil Allen.

100 days to the Federal Election: the candidates speak

Please take our election poll at the bottom of this page.

THE four candidates for the seat of Richmond outline their policies in the lead up to September's Federal Election.

 

Justine Elliot, incumbent Labor Member for Richmond.

Top three election policies:

  • Stop coal seam gas mining on the North Coast: I'm fighting to stop the Coalition's fracking, drilling and expansion agenda. I stand with the community in opposing CSG mining in our region and I will fight this issue at all levels of government.
  •  Better health services: delivering more doctors, nurses, beds and shorter waiting times. Delivering better dental services and a National Disability Insurance Scheme.
  •  Improve our local schools: through more funding and resources to our 90 local schools to provide the best start for our kids. I will fight to stop Tony Abbott's plans to cut such funding increases and his cruel agenda to cut the School Kids Bonus.

The choice is very clear: a vote for me is a vote to stop CSG mining - Justine Elliot

The Hon Justine Elliot MP, Member for Richmond, New South Wales.
The Hon Justine Elliot MP, Member for Richmond, New South Wales. John Gass

In her own words: "As a mum and as a local I'm totally opposed to harmful CSG mining on the North Coast and I will fight to protect our way of life. This election is a referendum on CSG mining on the North Coast.

The choice is very clear: a vote for me is a vote to stop CSG mining and a vote for Matthew Fraser is a vote to expand harmful CSG mining.

Your vote can stop the National Party's pro-CSG fracking, drilling and expansion agenda. If re-elected, I'll keep working with the community to deliver for the North Coast.

I'm  to have secured record federal funding of more than $1.5 billion for roads, schools, health and community resources. That includes $359 million for the Sexton Hill upgrade, $115 million for local schools, $7 million for the Tweed GP SuperClinic and $2 million for the Murwillumbah Community Centre."

 

Dawn Walker, Richmond candidate for the Greens

Top three election policies:

  •  Stop CSG - protect our clean water, clean air and world class environment from this toxic industry. Use the federal powers available to legislate against CSG mining now
  •  Reverse cuts to single parents benefits and universities and raise Newstart above the poverty line.
  • Get a fair price for Australia's mineral resources to fund essential community services like education through Gonski and the National Disability Insurance Scheme - to care for our community.

They want their children to have jobs here and live in harmony with our rivers, productive farmland, mountains and pristine coast - Dawn Walker

In her own words: "People in our community are feeling under pressure to meet everyday basic needs: health, housing, education and the cost of living.

These day-to-day pressures are being ignored by the old parties; they seem too caught up in opinion polls, short term fixes and the political lifestyle to hear what people are saying.

Dawn Walker is running for the seat of Richmond at the September election
Dawn Walker is running for the seat of Richmond at the September election John Gass

People are telling me they want a local member that they can talk to and will stand beside them when they are being ignored or ridden rough shot over.

They want the North Coast to be cared for; including for those less well off, its magnificent environment and its cultural heritage.

They want their children to have jobs here, raise their families here and live in harmony with our rivers, productive farmland, mountains and pristine coast.

I care about people and their environment and I'm proud of the Green's success with the Clean Energy Act and Denticare. That's why I'm standing for the Greens Party."

 

Dr Phil Allen, Richmond Candidate for Palmer United Party

Top three election policies:

  • Repeal the Carbon Tax and refund those who have paid it.
  • Ban lobbyists from having roles within political parties
  • Return wealth flow back to regional communities

In my role as a doctor I have been able to develop deep insight into the hopes and aspirations of our local population - Dr Phil Allen

In his own words: "People of Richmond are weary of the divisive two party politics of the last few years. Both major political parties have driven deep divisions through our society and there is little to choose between the two of them. Most of us want the same things most of the time.

Dr Phil Allen, Palmer United Party's candidate for Richmond.
Dr Phil Allen, Palmer United Party's candidate for Richmond. John Gass

I have lived and worked in Richmond for the past 15 years and in my role as a doctor I have been able to develop a deep insight into the hopes and aspirations of our local population.

I will serve the people of Richmond free of the influence of outside lobbyists and interest which plague our current system.

I will work to develop local enterprise and break down the barriers that keep us isolated economically from SE Queensland and forgotten by Sydney while preserving the unique pristine environment, culture and spirit of our area."

 

Matthew Fraser, Richmond candidate for the Nationals

Top three election policies:

  • Strengthening our economy and reducing the cost of living by repealing the job destroying carbon tax and paying back Labor's exorbitant debt to return the budget to surplus.
  • Increasing employment opportunities by returning confidence to local businesses through lowering taxes and cutting red tape - creating one million jobs within 5 years.
  • Securing our borders by turning back the boats when safe to do so, reintroducing temporary protection visas and enhancing offshore processing - breaking the people smugglers business model

My experience has given me huge insight into the challenges families and businesses have managing their financial burdens - Matthew Fraser

Matthew Fraser is the National's candidate for Richmond.
Matthew Fraser is the National's candidate for Richmond. Contributed

In his own words: "From the city lights of Tweed Heads to the beautiful beaches of the Byron Shire, Richmond is one of Australia's most beautiful and diverse regions. My fiancée Paula and I are proud to call Tweed home.

Having spent years saving every dollar I could spare, I was delighted to start my business here. My experience has given me huge insight into the challenges families and businesses have managing their financial burdens.

I have also recently met many people who are struggling with the pressure of increased cost of living. I am standing for the seat of Richmond as the Nationals Candidate because a Liberal and Nationals government will ease these burdens by repealing the carbon tax, reducing the country's debt and returning the budget to surplus.

Australia has lost its way under Labor, only the Coalition can provide real experience and real solutions to get our nation back on track."

Who will you be voting for at the September Federal Election?

This poll ended on 12 June 2013.

Current Results

Matthew Fraser, Nationals

12%

Dr Phil Allen, Palmer United Party

14%

Dawn Walker, the Greens

5%

Justine Elliot, Labor

67%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


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