Bilambil Heights' Matthew Fraser has been chosen as the Nationals candidate for Richmond.
Bilambil Heights' Matthew Fraser has been chosen as the Nationals candidate for Richmond. John Gass

Matt Fraser accuses Elliot of misleading the public

THE verbal fisticuffs over CSG mining has continued between MP Justine Elliot and National's candidate Matthew Fraser.

Justine Elliot said that Matt Fraser should apologise for saying that locals opposing CSG mining in Byron were "wasting people's time".

While Mr Fraser retorted that since there was no coal seam gas in the area, Mrs Elliot was using the matter to "trick" residents into supporting her and simply generating fear.

Mrs Elliot said that it was clear that Mr Fraser supported CSG mining companies and accused him of saying it was a waste of time to discuss the matter locally.

"We know that Matthew Fraser supports CSG Mining and we know that Matthew Fraser support CSG Mining companies. Now we see just how out of touch he is in saying those who oppose CSG Mining 'are wasting people's time.'," she said.

Mr Fraser hit back and said that Mrs Elliot was misleading the public.

"Mrs Elliot's disinformation campaign is symptomatic of an ideologically bankrupt government that is only interested in maintaining power at all costs," he said

Justine said she was asked to respond to the combined media releases from the National Party Candidate, Matthew Fraser, National Party Byron Councillor Dianne Woods and CSG mining company Dart Energy.

"The fact that Matthew Fraser and Dianne Woods sent out their media releases attached to statements from Dart Energy shows that the Nationals support CSG Mining companies and continue to do their bidding for them," she said.

Mr Fraser was quick to respond and said he'd be glad to apologise if Mrs Elliot returned public funds she had "used so extensively" to draw attention to CSG mining in the area.



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