Lismore MP Thomas George making an announcement about the Metgasco CSG licence. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Lismore MP Thomas George making an announcement about the Metgasco CSG licence. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

Death threats received during election campaign

DURING Monday's well-received buyback announcement, MP Thomas George commented on the effects of the drawn-out gas campaign on his political career and personal life.

"I came back for one more term, against everybody's suggestion that I would not be re-elected. I did it against the odds and I'm proud to see the completion of the Lismore Base Hospital which I've worked so hard for," he said.

Mr George revealed for the first time on Monday that he had received death threats over CSG in the lead up to the election.

"My family have also received death threats... when my integrity is questioned, it's hurtful.

The Gasfield Free spokesman Ian Gaillard emphasised that the grassroots movement did not approve of such threats and has always championed non-violent direct action.

Playing politics

FOR FORMER Greens candidate Adam Guise, who lost the Lismore seat to Mr George by an historically narrow margin in March, the buyback is a political move.

"The results of the state election was the finishing blow for Metgasco and a clear vote against CSG," he said

"The Nationals didn't want to take another hit at the federal election. Kevin Hogan wants to save his seat. Unfortunately tax payers have to compensate a speculative mining company. $25 million could have been injected into much-needed regional services," he said.



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