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Elliot slams use of ‘STOP’ signs by Nationals

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The use of road traffic signs is strictly controlled by NSW transport to ensure that wayward signage doesn’t confuse drivers, pedestrians and other road users and cause accidents.

According to former police officer and federal member for Richmond Justine Elliot signs that are being used by Nationals candidate for Richmond Matthew Fraser are both ‘illegal’ and ‘dangerous’.

‘The “STOP” sign featured in Mr Fraser’s signage is almost indistinguishable from the official traffic sign,’ said Ms Elliot.

‘As a former police officer, I believe his illegal acts are dangerous and irresponsible and may confuse motorists and could ultimately lead to a serious traffic accident.’

The Nationals candidates Facebook page contains 16 individual posts relating to the placement of the signage around the seat of Richmond.

Ms Elliot has highlighted that the signage Mr Fraser is using to get his political message across uses the same colouring, similar fonts and the ‘distinct octagonal shape’ of the official NSW traffic ‘STOP’ sign.

‘I’ve been contacted by many distressed locals who said their attention has been distracted while they’ve been driving and confronted with these illegal “STOP” signs,’ she said.

‘These illegal “STOP” signs are repeatedly placed on road related areas which includes footpaths and road shoulders. The definition of a road within the NSW Road Transport Act includes footpaths and road shoulders.

‘Owing to concerns for our community’s safety I’ve written to the NSW Police Commissioner requesting an investigation into these illegal acts,” Justine said.

Richmond Nationals candidate Matthew Fraser

Matthew Fraser replied

Matthew Fraser replied to Echonetdaily by saying ‘Justine Elliot’s Labor Retiree Tax will effect 8,000 individual seniors and pensioners from Tweed Heads to Ballina, and her attempts to stifle debate about this issue by complaining to the police is a sign of desperation.’

‘She knows that by raiding the accounts of retirees, some will be $12,000 a year worse off on average.  That’s a huge impact on the quality of life of those who have simply done the right thing and put money aside for a better retirement.
‘Imagine if Labor rips out $96m from our local economy – jobs and small business in our towns rely on retirees spending their money.
‘I will not STOP fighting for our seniors and pensioners against Labor’s unfair Retiree Tax through my Facebook page (Matthew Fraser- The Nationals) and road side mobile stalls’.
Academic website The Conversation reported on the issue: www.theconversation.com/who-are-the-wealthy-retirees-targeted-in-labors-plans-94173
The article concludes with ‘Whether you consider Labor’s plan good or bad policy, given its exemption of pensioners, it is clear that its impact will be most acutely felt by wealthy retirees’.
Echonetdaily asked Mr Fraser – ‘If this is correct, why are you spending so much time defending wealthy retirees instead of campaigning to improve the live’s of those in your own generation?’
‘Wages have stagnated (while CEO pay packets have skyrocketed), buying a house in the region for the younger generation is almost impossible, electricity prices are through the roof, job security is becoming scarcer, wealth inequality is massively increasing… and then there’s climate change and warnings of mass ecological extinctions.’
There is yet to be a reply.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Excuse me Matthew Fraser, but how about a reply to the actual problem your signs are causing! Do you really think this campaign is responsible? I and many other motorists think not and want these signs to be removed asap from anywhere near our roads. Do you really want to be responsible for any damage or injury that may result if they are not removed?

  2. Labor’s’retiree tax’ is not a tax.
    Retirees who PAY NO TAX will not get a TAX RETURN. A bit different.
    As one who is affected, I don’t mind not getting a tax return when I have paid NO TAX.

  3. Really it’s hilarious that a federal LNP candidate is using the word stop! When most of the country is screaming at the Morrison Govt to “Stop the NON STOP Lying” and call an election so we can rid the country of this failed Abbott/Turnbull/Morrison, ATM of a money wasting Govt.
    As for Fraser, can anyone name a time that anyone, anywhere was permitted to lose election after election after election.
    After the multiple creepy “Great Unwashed” videos from behind the bus shed and elsewhere. It does seem unbelievable he was permitted to remain a candidate.
    Which only proves the Nationals have given up on the Richmond electorate since the LNP were elected back into Govt 2013.
    The LNP have not held Richmond for 15 years since 2004 and yet the Nationals have been able to keep their real enemy the Liberal party right out, where every other seat in the country is open to free and fair elections with both the Nat’s and the Lib’s contesting.
    Whats really going on in Richmond electorate voters, why do we not have free and fair elections in Richmond???? Ask Fraser to answer that question????

  4. Those who have paid no tax shouldn’t expect a refund! My Fraser, your recent letter to me is being returned because I’m unwashed & can’t read!

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