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Matthew Fraser has bee preselected by the National Party to run against Labor’s Justine Elliot for the third time. Photo Twitter

Matthew Fraser has once again been preselected as the National Party candidate for Richmond to run against Labor’s Justine Elliot. This follows two previous attempts to win the seat in 2013 and 2016.

A small business owner, Mr Fraser says he is keen to restore strong representation to the region.

‘The people of Richmond deserve better than a career politician, they deserve someone with vision, ethics and a commitment to the community,’ he said. ‘Returning Richmond back to the Nationals has been and is a long process; this election will be the toughest battle yet and the gloves are off. The Nationals have successfully represented this region for decades and I intend to give the people strong and effective representation.’

Gloves off

Sitting member Justine Elliot has been quick to respond to the announcement of Mr Fraser’s preselection saying that there are ‘three major reasons why Scott Morrison’s National Party candidate for Richmond, Matthew Fraser, does not deserve your vote.’

Ms Elliot says that Mr Fraser referred to members of the Richmond electorate as ‘the great unwashed’ in a video he posted on Facebook 5 October 2018 and calls his comments a ‘disrespectful and arrogant attack on our community [that] is unforgivable.’

Supporting harsh aged pension cuts put forward in Tony Abbott’s 2014 budget (Tweed Daily News14 May 2014) and support for reducing penalty rates in 2015 (Tweed Sun 27 August 2015) were also cited as reasons not to support Mr Fraser’s bid for the seat.


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5 COMMENTS

  1. Well I have to say that as new resident in the area and as a life-log ALP voter, I am very disappointed with Justine Elliott and the ALP under Bill Shorten. Ms Elliott does not respond to constituent concerns and seems invisible. I’ll be voting Green, but the ALP will not get my preference. Good luck to Mr Fraser.

  2. I guess the “Great Unwashed” and those being bused here, there and everywhere won’t be voting for this National candidate. Richmondites have good memories even if they don’t bathe frequently!

  3. Matthew will win this time.
    Justine needs the Green vote and the green vote is in disarray and smashed really.
    There is no Green vote.

  4. This entitled elitist Fraser wants all of you “Great unwashed” dirty little people to vote for him.
    He’s really, really sorry for abusing and insulting the entire electorate and he has promised to pretend to be nice until the election is over.
    He has also promised not to abuse and insult anyone again, as he will hold his nose as he walks among the grubby electorate and pretends to be “really concerned” about how tough you are all doing it because of the LNP’s 5 wasted years of Abbott /Turnbull/ Morrison lies confusion and back stabbing each other while they popped out their 24 hr brain fart failed policies.
    Seriously do these Nat’s really believe that the community will listen to any of them ever again after this “Hospital” land grab insult on Cudgen SSF.
    Nat’s, leave our Health and our hospitals alone, you are not closing down Tweed and Murwillumbah hospitals and grabbing the Cudgen farmland for your developer cronies.
    You have done nothing for health in Tweed Richmond electorate except privatise it, the whole time you have been in Govt.

  5. Mathew Fraser is a fast food retailer not a candidate to debate or influence national affairs as an MP and representative of the diverse seat of richmond . I remind Mathew that he has been rejected twice by the electorate .
    The lack of visibility and the “new mum excuse ” of the encumbent member has disappointed labour supporters and given the national party and clowns like mathew political oxygen .
    Labour voters implore Justine to go in hard early in the new year – work hard to support janelle saffin in her comeback – could decide result

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