NSW Shadow North Coast Minister and Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Walt Secord, pictured here with Federal Richmond MP Justine Elliot.
NSW Shadow North Coast Minister and Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Walt Secord, pictured here with Federal Richmond MP Justine Elliot. John Gass

Labor: Nats wasted $47,000 on congratulating themselves

NSW Labor has accused the Nationals of wasting $47,000 forcing the NSW Parliament to congratulate themselves on being re-elected in Lismore and Tweed.

NSW Shadow North Coast Minister and Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Walt Secord - in a debate on transparency in government this week - attacked the Nationals for blocking the release of information on election.

They also said that when the Nationals forced the parliament on May 28 to spend three hours debating their election result, they wasted valuable time and money.

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"The whole debate led by Nationals MPs Rick Colless and Ben Franklin was an embarrassing waste of time and money," Mr Secord said.

"I felt compelled to tell the Parliament about their hypocrisy and waste by the Nationals. They spent $47,000 on clerks, attendants and other staff debating a meaningless motion.

"While the Nationals cut maternity services and hospitals on the North Coast, they are the first to waste money on themselves, congratulating themselves."

Last week, the Nationals were attacked for forcing the NSW Legislative Council parliamentarians to debate and congratulate the National Party on the 2015 election result.



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