Michael McNamara, pictured with wife Julie, wants Lismore MP Thomas George to resign over comments he has made in support of coal seam gas.
Michael McNamara, pictured with wife Julie, wants Lismore MP Thomas George to resign over comments he has made in support of coal seam gas. Blainey Woodham

CSG campaigner wants MP to quit

A TWEED coal seam gas campaigner says Lismore MP Thomas George, whose electorate includes Murwillumbah, should resign because of his apparent support for the controversial energy source.

Michael McNamara said Mr George was not representing his constituents' views.

"And if he finds himself unable to do that he should resign," Mr McNamara said.

"Communities in Mr George's electorate have overwhelmingly come out against CSG."

Mr George did not respond to My Daily News calls yesterday.

Mr McNamara said 99% support from locals was thrown behind the launch of a CSG-free communities strategy last week at The Channon.

"More community meetings have taken place in Mr George's electorate this weekend with similar results and the momentum is continuing to grow.

"Support for the CSG industry from Mr George and the NSW government flies in the face of pre-election commitments given by the Coalition.

"The claim by supporters of CSG that the government needs the royalties raised to pay for hospitals and schools is outrageous."

He claimed gas companies could take advantage of royalty-free periods of five years for new production wells, after which payments increased on a sliding scale.

Mr McNamara said protest rallies would be held outside State Parliament on May 1 and in Lismore on May 12



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