Justine Elliot drops trade role

RICHMOND MP Justine Elliot has resigned from her position as Parliamentary Secretary for Trade, citing a conflict of interest with her electorate's position on CSG.

Ms Elliot said she was intent on "continuing the fight to stop coal seam gas mining on the North Coast (and the) campaign conflicted with my obligations within the trade sector.

"This is a huge issue and the community's view is very clear," she said.

"I'm working with some great community groups and calling on all of the state National MPs to tell Barry O'Farrell to stop coal seam gas mining on the North Coast."

Ms Elliot said she had spoken to several of the North Coast Nationals and that their response had been to "remain silent and hide".

"They are incapable of standing up for their communities. The fact is their government is responsible... "The ball is totally in their court: the State Government regulates and licenses coal seam gas mining and they can stop it dead."

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