Richmond MP quits trade role to support CSG moratorium
RICHMOND MP Justine Elliot says she has relinquished her role as Parliamentary Secretary for Trade as it conflicted with her fight to stop coal seam gas mining on the North Coast.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced that Ms Elliot was stepping down from the position on Saturday during the press conference in which she also announced that Attorney-General Nicola Roxon and Leader of The Government in the Senate Chris Evans would not contest the next election.
Ms Elliot was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Trade after the last election.
"I'll always stand up for locals on the issues that are important to us: like calling for a moratorium on coal seam gas mining in our region," Ms Elliot said in a statement announcing her decision.
"In contrast all the National Party MPs and Candidates on the North Coast support harmful CSG mining in our area."
While there have been suggestions that Ms Elliot was dumped, a spokesman denied it.
He said the conflict with promoting the sale of natural resources when she was opposed to CSG mining was the primary reason for Ms Elliot's decision.