Nationals Lismore campaign office opens

Cutting the ribbon at the opening of Lismore MP Thomas Georges campaign office on Monday were Thomas George (left) and campaign manager Malcolm Marshall.

The only glitch at the opening of Lismore MP Thomas Georges campaign office in Lismore on Monday was someone pulling the rug out from under his feet.

About 40 of Mr Georges loyal supporters who attended the opening of the office at 104 Molesworth Street were told, as they stood on bare concrete, that two rolls of carpet that were to be laid in time for the opening had gone missing.

While former Richmond MP and Minister for Youth and Family Affairs, Larry Anthony, joked about the Labor Party having something to do with it, Mr Georges campaign manager Malcolm Marshall later said the incident had been reported to police.

Mr Anthony, who has thrown his hat in the ring for preselection for the federal seat of Page, praised Mr George for his eight years representing the electorate of Lismore.

Mr Anthony said that after the retirement of the previous Lismore MP, the late Bill Rixon, he thought it would be hard for Mr George to fill his shoes... but he did so more than adequately.

Mr George said the Coalition was making a lot of ground in the lead-up to the election and he believed there was a mood for a long overdue change of government on March 24.

Mr George criticised Labor and the unions campaign attacking the Coalitions proposal to axe 20,000 state public service jobs.

There are around 350,000 public service jobs in the state... the 20,000 were talking about (shedding) in our first term is less than (the number of public servants) that retire each year, he said.

Mr George said the job losses would not affect country areas but the backrooms of Sydney.

He said water and the Casino-Murwillumbah rail closure would also be big issues at the election and hinted that if elected, a Coalition Government would build dams to address water shortages.

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