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Lismore MP Thomas George gets a briefing on new technology at the Lismore court house.
Lismore MP Thomas George gets a briefing on new technology at the Lismore court house.

Darren Coyne

Lismore MP Thomas George has conceded the coal seam gas issue could impact on his ability to win a fifth term in government.

Mr George has announced he will stand again as a candidate for the National Party in the March election next year.

Asked if CSG would be a significant factor, Mr George said there ‘was no doubt the CSG debate has certainly played a significant impact on me personally, the electorate and the party’,

‘But let me assure people I’m not a single-issue person. I’ve made appropriate representations to the ministers, the party… and I continue to represent the wishes of the electorate,’ he said.

Mr George conceded under questioning that he has not spoken in parliament about CSG, nor turned up at the Bentley blockade.

‘Since being elected as deputy speaker I haven’t spoken on a number of issues because I’ve tried to remain neutral,’ he said.

‘My representations are not on the front page or on television. They’ve always been done behind the scenes and I’ve been no different in this CSG debate.

‘I’ve listened and taken forward views openly and honestly.’

Mr George said he was eager to continue his work.

‘I’ve been honoured and privileged and because it’s a difficult job it’s a decision I haven’t taken lightly,’ he said.

‘I want to assure people I’m running for the right reason. There’s still a lot of work to be done and the major project I want to see completed is the Lismore base hospital stage 3b.

‘It’s important to the whole region for a commitment to that to be made in the next term of government.’

Mr George said a wish list of his priorities would come out during the election.

He listed a number of road projects as priorities.

‘There’s the east west connection from the Pacific Highway to the New England Highway, the Woodenbong to Lugume Road, and for Tenterfield I’ve made representations on a bypass, an issue which has been around 20 years.

‘I’ve also been receiving lots of representations on the rail trail, which is supported by Ballina and Tweed.’

Mr George announced his bid while inspecting an upgrade of technology to improve the way court proceedings are recorded and transcribed at the Lismore court complex.

‘Lismore court house has received $30,000 for digital installations in all four courtrooms,’ he said.

In NSW all formal criminal and civil court proceedings must be recorded to provide a clear account of what has gone on in the courtroom.

He said audio would be captured by microphones in the courtroom and automatically uploaded onto a computer and transferred to a transcription centre to be transcribed if required.

Recordings and notes would be held for three to five years, and could be ordered by judges, juries, legal practitioners and members of the public who were directly involved in court matters.

‘Court transcripts are not automatically prepared in all matters. If a person needs a typed copy of what was said during a court case the Reporting Services Branch uses the audio recording to prepare a transcript,’ he said.

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  1. You blew it Thomas George when you turned your back on the people. We’ll be voting for someone who hears the voices of the majority and stands for making the Northern Rivers to be CSG Free. The Northern Rivers wishes you a happy retirement!

  2. So he can speak out about Lismore base hospital, the highway, Lismore court house and the Tenterfield bypass but when it comes to one of the most important issues in the region Namely CSG, he is quiet and “works behind the scenes” what a load of cobblers!

  3. I certainly do not support the rail trail if it threatens the future use of the rail corridor by trains.

    Robyn Sparks.

  4. Thomas George is the Member for where? He certainly doesn’t do much to actively support his constituency when they need it most.
    Thomas George says he is reluctant to stand up on issues in parliament because he is the Deputy Speaker and must remain neutral. This is pathetic. Who really wants a representative with such limitations.
    Thomas did not stand up for country & community in the face of the gas-fields threat. He was conspicuous in his absence and his silence.
    Thomas had also for years while in opposition promised to bring back the trains. Now in government he promotes rail trails. He has betrayed the people of his electorate big time and this will not be forgotten come election time.
    Why is he standing up for Rail Trails – who is behind it? He says it is supported by Ballina & Tweed – well of course, they are not even on the rail corridor. Lismore is. Lismore could have rail return if he and other lame Nationals politicians would stand up for it.
    Lazy and inept politicians need to be given the boot. They do our region no good.

  5. Thomas George needs to fix the extortion and discrimination of 128,000+/- Hectarage holders of 10ha+ by the LNP’s Local Land Services if he wants to garner their support in March 2015. Better make that 200,000+ if Katrina Hodgkinson gets her way because in 18 months, by her own admission, the threshold for her unconstitutional demanding money with menaces excise will start with Landholders of hectarages of 2ha+. The Labo(U)r Party is also is on notice to do the same to ensure a BIG majority. Landholders in NSW are sick and tired of being shoved around, threatened and intimidated by both the NSW LNP and the NSW Labo(U)r Parties over the LLS outlandish demands for money from those it discriminates against. Someone told me recently, at least one of Hodkinson’s family from rural roots is ashamed to be known as her cousin.


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