Politics runs in the family for the Elliots.
Craig Elliot, husband of Richmond federal MP Justine, has announced that he will be the Labor Party’s candidate for the seat of Tweed in the 2019 NSW state election.
The former police officer left school at 16 and went to TAFE to train as an electrician.
He subsequently worked in the construction industry and was later a member of the Queensland Police Service.
After returning to study he completed a Bachelor in Counter Terrorism Security and Intelligence and was until recently a senior policy advisor to the Queensland Police Minister
Mr Elliot says he has now ‘committed to full-time doorknocking across the Tweed electorate to ensure there is a change of MP for Tweed’.
‘Tweed needs a fresh start and I’m asking locals for their support and together we can deliver better hospitals, schools, roads and police to benefit locals.
Mr Elliot believes ‘Tweed deserves a fair go and the only way to get that is to vote out Geoff Provest’.
He has accused the sitting member of ‘[selling] out locals with his decision to support his Sydney–centric Liberal-National Government wasting $2.2 billion on Sydney stadiums instead of funding much needed services here in Tweed’.
‘As a former frontline police officer I know that our Tweed police do a great job but the National Party cuts to their numbers are hurting locals and putting police officers unnecessarily in harm’s way.
‘It’s not good enough and I’m serious about fixing the Tweed police crisis caused by Geoff Provest.
‘As a local, I understand the values held by our community and I have a proven track record standing up for what is right. I have strong ties to our area and I will deliver a fair go for our pensioners, battlers, workers, young people and families,’ Mr Elliot said.
The next NSW State election will be held on Saturday 23 March 2019.