Nats rally behind Lismore MP
By Andy Parks
THE NSW National Party is rallying around Thomas George.
The Member for Lismore's son, Brendan, was arrested recently and charged with four counts of supplying a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug and various other drug offences. NSW Nationals leader Andrew Stoner described Mr George as 'a rarity in politics, a genuinely honest politician'.
He said Mr George was 'a guy who loves his family and has very strong views about drugs'.
"This is obviously a difficult time for the family. You do your best to raise your children, but ultimately they make their own decisions, soon good and some bad," he said.
"It's not appropriate to comment on the case, we'll let the courts deal with the matter and give Brendan the presumption of innocence."
Mr Stoner said the Nationals were a tight team and all his colleagues had rallied around Mr George.
He didn't believe the arrest would hurt the Nationals or Mr George within his own electorate.
"His constituency knows what kind of man he is: A man of honesty and integrity who has always had very strong views on the matter of illegal drugs."
Mr George was yesterday not making any comments. He told The Northern Star at the time of the arrest he had always and would continue to strongly oppose illegal drugs.
The case will be mentioned on October 3 at Liverpool court.