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So far, there are six candidates who have announced their intention to run for the 2022 election. May 21 is the latest date an election can be held, according to the AEC.

Federal Member for Richmond, Justine Elliot. Photo supplied.


Vying to return to Canberra is Labor’s Justine Elliot, who has been the local MP since 2004.

On her website, Justine describes her life prior to politics as ‘front-line police officer working hard to keep our streets safe from crime’. 

‘Now, I fight against the Liberal and Nationals’ unfair cuts and broken promises’.

Nationals candidate, Kimberly Hone.

Nationals Party 

On the Nationals Party ticket is Kingscliff resident Kimberly Hone, who has no online presence, apart from Facebook.

Her earliest video post is from November 2, 2021.

She says on a video that, with her husband, she has been running a fitness coaching practice for 12 years. 

‘I stand for families and small businesses’, she says in another video. Ms Hone replaces Tweed Heads’ Hungry Jacks owner, Matthew Fraser, who previously ran multiple times on the Nationals Party ticket.

Mandy Nolan is the Greens candidate for the Federal seat of Richmond.


Mandy Nolan is running for the Greens. She says, on www.greens.org.au, ‘As a performer, comedian, MC, writer, author, artist, teacher, ambassador and activist, I’ve travelled the length and breadth of our diverse electorate’. 

‘It’s been my job to document the stories of our community. To understand what makes us tick. To speak up about the issues that impact us. To advocate for people who’ve lost their voice and for the incredible community services that support them. In a way, I’ve been training to represent this electorate the whole time’.

IMOP candidate, Monica Shepherd


Monica Shepherd is running on the Informed Medical Options Party (IMOP) ticket. 

According to www.imoparty.com, Monica is a naturopath and a ‘passionate human rights activist’.

‘It deeply concerns Monica that medical treatments are being imposed or recommended for children. It started with No Jab No Pay/Play and now other states, by designating some children in the age group of 12 and up as “mature minors”, are allowing them to provide their own informed consent to receiving these new products, i.e. COVID-19 vaccines that are experimental’.

UAP candidate, Rob Marks


Rob Marks is running on mega wealthy coal miner Clive Palmer’s UAP ticket. 

Very little information is provided about Mr Marks on the UAP site, although he ‘has been self-employed for over 30 years’.

A 2019 Daily Mail report claims he ‘helped set up the UAP’ and defended his son for posting ‘memes praising Adolf Hitler and joking about school shootings’. 

‘We are absolutely anti-Nazi’, he told The Sunday Telegraph. ‘My son was 15 when he posted those memes. He is now 18’.

Independent David Warth.

Independent Warth

According to Mr Warth website he is an ‘internationally recognised multi award winning wildlife filmmaker’. His website lists policy details around freedoms and liberties, vaccine mandates and passports as well as taxation reform.

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    • I have to pay that one !

      Little mention in this publication of their previous Candidate though , unless it cannot be avoided ..

      I wonder what he is doing nowadays ?

  1. Perhaps the excellent journalists of The Echo could list out Justine’s achievements on behalf of her electorate and the wider community in the last eight years?

    I’m not saying there aren’t any, just that I haven’t been aware of them when they occurred.

  2. Rhys, yes it’s difficult for a member that is in opposition to get anything from the “Morrison Govt colour coded marginal LNP electorate Rorting spread sheets”, we saw that with the disgusting manipulated flood relief funding allocations. That prompted the resignation of the Upper house Liberal Nth River r rep Catherine Cusack and the statement of Geoff Provest no longer being able to support the Morrison Govt.
    There are so many “Achievements” from Justine Elliot that it would take too long to list them all here. I can remember when Anthony Albanese was Infrastructure Minister stating in a comment, “That every time he came up to Richmond, Justine had a new project, she always has a new project planned, she’s had $2 billion dollars worth of planned, funded and built projects now and it’s on going. You don’t get to many reps with a record of “Achievement” like that”? If you drive a car, using a facility like a mens shed etc or your child plays sport, you’re using one of those achievements?

    • The electorate of Richmond gives Justine $3billion each year (on average over the last 18 years she has sat in this seat of power since 2004).

      Ignoring discount factors and time value of money as IR have been so low for so long, 18years x $3b = $54 billion in FEDERAL TAXES going to Justine to take to Canberra and what have we got back?? Amazing result that we have a whole $2 billion in planned, built projects in 18 years.
      So amazing the value for our taxes paid…. (Don’t even start with the multiple huge state taxes paid each year in stamp duties on our property prices – the most expensive regional area in Australia).
      It seems most of our taxes goes to inflated bureaucracies in both Sydney and Canberra – fixed costs, office administration waste. The grants commission and GST carve up sends billions of taxes collected from NSW residents each year to other states so they can spend on their inflated capital cities head office fixed bureaucracy costs.
      It seems that regional areas like ours keep the capital cities afloat – Regional areas like ours pay so much to them and get so little back from them year after year. It is capital city welfare.
      We need an independent voice for this region to stand up for this region. Rather than a major political party candidate who takes regions for granted and puts the capital cities first as that is were most of the seats of power are.
      What has Justine and her team actually built? The M1 was complete before she arrived in 2004 (or the planning and allocation for funding and completion of the final sections like the Sexton Hill Bypass was already done before she arrived).
      Parks are actually a local government responsibility. Schools and Hospitals are state. So what has our federal member actually delivered to us from start to end. Details would be helpful and actual figures/costings as well for each project. She wants to be re-elected give us a reason with actual evidence.
      Yes I support a genuine independent voice for our area and not an MP that ‘follows the distant leader like a docile sheep’ and always votes the party lines – irrespective of the needs for the seat of Richmond. How can Richmond, a capital city seat and a regional coal mining town are all held by the same political party – they all magically vote the same way on every policy.
      We need more local input from Tweed/Byron/Ballina locals to our “local MP” who can vote independently and primarily look at the policy impact on the population of Richmond – bring back real democracy and local experts panels to inform the MP and local discussion.
      Yes – I plan to be candidate at this upcoming election for the seat of Richmond. Hopefully my bio gets added to this Echo publication soon.
      Nathan Jones

      • You do know Justin doesn’t get 3 billion each year to spend personally on projects. A reality check is needed here as opposition members push for but don’t actually get to spend this money or our taxes. As far as independents go none most seem to be from the same qanon whackos groups, not to mention the Uap candidate who runs for a billionaire.

        • I do realise Justine (with an e) does not personally get every dollar that our area raises in taxes. I was just making the point that if you are going to brag about spending $2 billion for our area (no details) over a period of 18 years. It is also worth pointing out how much taxes our area pays in taxes over the 18 years Justine has been the MP… I know the reality that Justine was in government at least 6 out of the 18 years…. Never heard of qanon until today.. Not me… Do you think most of the independents running for the climate 200 are whacko? I agree that some out there could be crazy independents… Do you remember who the LABOR leader was in 2004 federal election???

      • Nathan, can you please clarify what type of land leasing and what type of agriculture you are, or have been involved with and to whom your campaign mantra including “compassion” extends to ?

  3. Please correct me if I am wrong, but with information that was available, much of which is now wiped from some of their social media pages and from information in the main media we have one candidate, “Justine Elliot” that is following the proper authorised medical, Govt health advice guidelines and what appears to be 5 other anti-vaccination conspiracy protagonists, using misinformation they have received from just what, when and where?

    • If you’re trying to claim Mandy & the Greens are anti-vaxxers, then Correction, You’re Wrong.
      The Greens are a science & evidence-based party. Happy to help.

    • Agree there but running on an election program to oust the current member, from the progressive side of politics, to attempt to gain the balance of power, is a pretty lame political program. Obviously the greens don’t see themselves as a party of government. They sank the Rudd carbon trading scheme by voting with Tories and their last attempt on carbon pricing led to the election of abbot and co. What can one say?

      • What a joke saying mandy of the greens speaks for people who have lost their voice ! Its because of the greens lib and labor thousands of people have their voice for choice crushed – not allowing to choose for themselves let alone the casting aside of people who have had serious side effects from the sacred covid experiment- where is their voice mandy ?? Are you going to stop the hot potato avoidance response from medics when the injection injured appear at hospitals ?? Cmon – your saying you will speak for people who have lost their voice – calling people anti vaxers is trampling on peoples voices

  4. Hi Nathan,
    Great to see you’re running as an Independent for Richmond. Just read the current Tweed Valley Times article on you and agree with your vision and ideas. This country is in desperate need of strong Political Leadership and change. I feel, given the Global Instability, the millions marching in freedom protests etc over the last 18-24 months, its time for Indepedant Candidates to effect that change and reforms needed. Good luck.

  5. My comment wasn’t published because so told the truth about the Greens pushing the vax and the UN-WEF-IMF globalist agenda.
    Can’t advocate the rights of minority interest groups like the 0.03% transgender population in the electorate while telling a huge percentage of the electorate who wanted to exercise their freedom of medical choice, to “get the jab” , never retracting that demand even in the face of the mounting clinical evidence of deaths, injuries and exploding numbers of myocarditis, pericarditis, thrombosis, cancers and auto immune diseases. We’ve only witnessed the tip of the iceberg with that.
    Mandy does not represent the interests in f the electorate. She would have our kids jabbed, have them inherit trillions in debt because she supports the WEF “vaccine economy” and leave them in a state of anxiety about climate change yet never questioning why our government and corporations geo engineer the weather with cloud seeding and electrification of the ionosphere. That’s no conspiracy theory by the way.
    Vote Greens last. They have no idea what the word “discrimination” means.


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