COFFS MP Andrew Fraser has found support for his violent Parliamentary outburst.
COFFS MP Andrew Fraser has found support for his violent Parliamentary outburst.

Fraser treated as a martyr



ANDREW FRASER has come out of his thuggish attack on Roads Minister Joseph Tripodi as a Pacific Highway martyr.

"The community support I have received humbles me," Mr Fraser said. "To walk down the street and have people come up to me and support me is reassuring."

Scott McFarlane, state director of the National Party said he was not aware of any dissenting voices in the party and believed everyone was supportive of Fraser.

"It's a parliamentary issue that has been handled by the parliamentary leadership but nonetheless all of the National MPs have the full support of the party," he said.

"Andrew Fraser himself doesn't condone his actions but the Pacific Highway is a matter of deep importance to Mr Fraser and indeed many people living on the North Coast and across the State."

Fraser may even get his former job as opposition housing and small business spokesman back, after he finishes his eight sitting day suspension from State Parliament.

Yesterday Opposition Leader Peter Debnam refused to rule out reinstating him to the front bench.

"Andrew's being punished and we'll deal with his future in the future," he told reporters.

Mr Debnam said Mr Fraser's attack on Mr Tripodi was appalling but the community had applauded him for raising concerns about the condition of the highway.

Independent member for Port Macquarie and former National Rob Oakeshott called Mr Fraser's suspension 'a soft punishment'.

"We all have to deal with life and death but this doesn't justify thumping each other," he said.



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