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Justine Eliot with Anthony Albanese and flood-affected locals in Ballina yesterday. Photo supplied.
Richmond MP Justine Elliot with Federal Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese and flood-affected locals in Ballina yesterday. Photo supplied.

Richmond MP Justine Elliot is calling on the federal government to extend additional disaster payments to the Tweed, Byron and Ballina Shires.

The exclusion of these flood-ravaged regions from assistance has been met with anger and bewilderment from many locals.

MP Justine Elliot with Federal Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese and flood-affected locals in Ballina. Photo supplied.

While there is a hope that these areas will be included in follow-up announcements, after further assessment, Justine Elliot has been touring the region with federal Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese and voicing her outrage on social media and television.

She said, ‘this flood has been devastating for our region, and heartbreaking.’

With thousands of people, homeless, with no food or money, she said it was ‘even more heartbreaking’ for those in her electorate to be ‘deliberately excluded’.

Help urgently needed

She said the extra disaster payments were urgently needed for the three shires, saying ‘for people who have been through so much, to have this additional kick in the guts from the Prime Minister was horrible.’

Speaking from the Tweed, Justine Elliot said many people had become homeless, with Mullumbimby and many other seriously effected areas also excluded. ‘There’s no justification,’ she said. ‘Since day one I’ve been calling for a lot more support here. We need support for individuals, households and businesses.’

Ms Elliot went on to accuse federal and state governments of ‘complete incompetence and chaos’. Speaking as a former police officer, she said she knew how lines of responsibility were supposed to work, but the result on the ground was ‘absolutely chaotic’ with residents largely left to look after one another.

PM Scott Morrison in Lismore this week. Photo Jeff Dawson.

She called on the Prime Minister to urgently help neglected communities in the Tweed, Byron and Ballina Shires (which he had not visited), with Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce also not managing to get any closer to the crisis-hit areas than the Gold Coast airport, so far.

Too slow

Justine Elliot said the government were too slow to bring the army in, and had provided no emergency communications, with that job also being left to the community.

She said the Morrison Government needed to provide more support on the ground, and was wrong to refuse to meet locals. ‘We will not forget and we will never forgive,’ she said.

‘I think it’s really poor form that he flew in and flew out for a photo opportunity,’ she said. ‘He didn’t get out and talk to people and find out what’s really going on, and hear how their lives have been devastated.’

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  1. FIFO (Fly In Fly Out) ScottyfromMarketing at the ready.
    We know he don’t hold the hose.
    We know he don’t hold the syringe.
    We know he don’t hold or give a RATS.
    We know he don’t hold a welder.
    But now following his flood territory tour we now know what he does hold, Scotty holds brooms.
    Whether it an outdoors broom that he inspects for the cameras or an indoors broom that he pushes up a indoor basketball court you know that if you need a mopper upperer to hold a broom, then Scotty is your ‘Broom Man’.

  2. The first this they do at every Morrison staged photo op, is have the large contingent of police rope the whole street and area off to keep the public out. Just think about why they have to do that, take all the time you need?

  3. Just wondering what federal party holds the federal seats in areas that were included in the prime minister’s statement regarding assistance.

    He’s such a d**k.

  4. My last post was a dump on Morrison so I won’t go further there. Todays dump is on the overgrown schoolboy who mascerades (near enough) as a NSW Premier, tell him NOT to keep closing his eyes when speaking to the camera, really BAD body language. My spelling, I knew when I left Mullum High (1967) in Year 10 as a 15yo I would pay a price. OOPS! I thought we had visitors knocking, its one of our horses swishing its tail against the side of the house. Good health & enjoy your day.

  5. He did at least face the people and listen to them. He has stuffed up the state in his previous position so can’t do much worse, one hopes. He can’t say he has not been told what is needed in the future.

  6. Thank you Justin Elliott! This latest blatant pork barreling by the LNP is truly rancid (pun intended). In depriving the Tweed and other Labor held regions of even the crumby levels of support given to LNP held areas they have more than earned our disappointment and disgust.
    The Richmond electorate has also been catastrophically affected, it’s not a competition or ‘a race’, we need rational and decent decisions here and now.
    Morrison who hides behind the riot squad (as he did in the South Coast fires) to waste time and resources needed for emergency management on his habitually trite photo op should be truly ashamed, if he had a conscience.


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