Life not easy for Coalition MPs
IF ever in political life there was a time to break out the tequila and burst into song you’d think it would be at the end of 16 years stuck in the wrong side of the Parliament.
But while supporters at the election night parties for Lismore MP Thomas George and Ballina MP Don Page were undeniably happy, there was something sombre about the mood as they watched booth after booth and seat after seat fall to the Coalition, aware that all the prob- lems of the deposed Ken- eally Labor Government were now theirs.
Mr George said he was delighted his party was in power and full of praise for Liberal leader Barry O’Farrell, but concerned at the enormity of the job.
“Deb and I are really humbled by the win,” Mr George said.
“We realise there is a lot of work to be done.
“Some people say it’s easier to be in government, but I’m worried it will be harder because there’s going to be a lot of expectation and we’re going to have to deliver.”
With a 10% swing, Mr George said Murwillumbah residents in Mr George’s electorate of Lismore have made it clear what they want.
“The message is quite clear that infrastructure was needed,” he said.
“If infrastructure is needed in Murwillumbah and Tweed Shire Council areas in my electorate then I will take the proposal to the Tweed Shire Council.
“If there is a dam needed, I will take it forward.
“A majority of residents in Uki were anti the Byrrill Creek dam. I didn’t win in Uki, but I did improve my vote.”
Mr George received 60.5% of the primary votes, followed by Greens candidate Susan Stock who received 21%, and then the Labor candidate Andrew Moy, who finished up with 13.3% of the votes.
Independent candidate Russell Kilarney received 3.4% of the votes, with the lowest amount of votes going to Christian Demo- crat party candidate Margaret Kay at just 1.8%