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.’
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.