Elliot cops criticism

JUSTINE ELLIOT copped criticism from several quarters at the weekend.

Greens candidate Joe Ebono said the Labor member for the Federal seat of Richmond would not be benefiting from his party’s preferences.

He said Richmond was not one of the marginal seats involved in a deal announced last week.

“Local Greens feel that Justine Elliot has done nothing for this electorate that encourages us to advise our voters to support her,” Mr Ebono said.

Voters were sick of the power games and spin from the corporate parties and wanted politicians with real values to make the laws, he said.

A statement from Mr Ebono said that Greens preferences were critical to the outcome of the election, as none of the other three parties could win in their own right.

The Greens in Richmond will provide voters with a ‘How to vote’ card that says ‘Vote 1 Green, You MUST fill out all the squares’, and identifies the party names of each candidate.

And the organisation Trains on our Tracks (TOOT) took issue with a claim made by Ms Elliot that the area was well served with infrastructure.

“We have a growing permanent and tourism population, but the transport needs are not being addressed,” said TOOT president Karin Kolbe.

Ms Elliot had promised to fund rail services in the 2004 Federal election, Ms Kolbe said ‘yet to date nothing has eventuated’.

“TOOT calls for the provision of a light rail commuter service, of up to 16 trains a day on the Casino to Murwillumbah line, and for the Federal Government to show leadership in working with NSW and Queensland to build a coastal rail link,” Ms Kolbe said.



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