THE Liberal Party announced today it will not be running a candidate for the Seat of Richmond in the next federal election.
The Liberal Party also announced it had come to an agreement with its coalition partner not to run candidates for the seats of Lyne, the Hunter, New England and Page.
Richmond National Party candidate Matthew Fraser said from now on he would officially run as the "Coalition" candidate and not only as the National Party candidate.
"It's great, this gives us the best chance to defeat the Labor/Greens government and fix the mess they've created," Mr Fraser said.
"This will enable the National Party to focus our resources to defeat Labor and the independents on the North Coast.
"Voters in Richmond now have a clear choice between Justine Elliot and a Labor government or Matt Fraser in a National/Liberal government."
Mr Fraser said comments that cuts in expenditure and jobs by NSW Coalition and Queensland LNP governments had reduced his chances to make it to Canberra did not really worry him.
"People in Richmond and Australia will go on the current government's history and when they look back they see a Prime Minister who lied, a huge national debt which is costing the country $1 million in interest every hour and a border protection policy which is really not where it should be," he said.
"The boats are still coming.
"Yes there has been some belt tightening but this is because of the mess left by previous Labor governments.
"We have to come in at a state level and fix the problems left by Labor governments.
"Unfortunately, on a federal level, the Labor government hasn't done any better.
"It doesn't give the coalition a good base to start from."
Mr Fraser said when he spoke to people in the street they told him that there were way too many people in bureaucratic positions, wasting taxpayers' money.
Richmond MP Justine Elliot declined to comment.