Thomas George should resign after broken coal seam gas promise

MEDIA RELEASE – 30 June 2015

The Greens NSW coal seam gas spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham has today called on Nationals member for Lismore Thomas George to resign after breaking his promise to the North Coast community to buy back the North Coast coal seam gas licenses before the 30 June 2015.

“Thomas George has broken the trust of the people of Lismore and the North Coast by failing to keep his pre-election promise to buy back the North Coast coal seam gas licenses and should resign immediately,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

“At the time the promise to buy-back the license was made, I said that it was simply Thomas George trying to con voters, one week out from an election, into believing he had a significant response to the widespread opposition to CSG in the region and sadly today this has been proved correct.

“This broken promise follows the shocking revelation that it was Thomas George who actually shut down debate on a proposal at the National Party conference to ban coal seam gas in the Northern Rivers,” Mr Buckingham said.

Former Greens candidate for Lismore Adam Guise said:

“The people of Lismore deserve better than broken promises and weasel words from their elected representative on such an important issue and it is time for Thomas George to step aside.

“The risks to our land, water, climate and communities are too high to let this industry proceed and that is why the Greens are calling for a complete and permanent ban on coal seam gas,” Mr Guise said.

Contact:

Jack Gough – 9230 2202 or 0427 713 101

Adam Guise – 0497 851 305

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