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Dr David Gillespie, Member for Lyne

Both Dr Gillespie and his wife are shareholders of AGL Energy, according to his Register of Public Interests

However David Gillespie sees no conflict of interest owning shares of a company that wants to frack Gloucester despite nearly 90% of the local community opposing it.

David Gillespie

The new federal representative for Lynne, National Party MP Dr David Gillespie, a gastroenterologist is based more than 150kms away from the Gloucester coal seam gas issue in Port Macquarie. Prior to the election, Gillespie stated:

"I am very concerned about coal seam gas development and its potential effect on water but the federal government doesn't have the power to ban coal seam gas development.

What it can do is provide environmental protections such as the 'Water Trigger' amendment to the Environmental Biodiversity and Conservation Act, which The Nationals supported.

Our policy is quite clear on coal seam gas.

I do not support coal seam gas development where it poses a significant risk to the water, prime agricultural land or the wider environment.

I do not support coal seam gas development close to existing residential areas and I believe that landholders and communities should get a fair return from coal seam gas development on their land and in their towns.

I am absolutely committed to seeing that our environment is preserved for the benefit of our future generations.
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David Gillespie's Parliamentary speeches are here. Gillespie's maiden speech does not mention Gloucester's problem, the only mention that this part of his electorate receives is "... and our other regional transport links that we have committed to, like the Bucketts Way that will link the Manning Valley and Gloucester primary and secondary industries".


He can be contacted on twitter: https://twitter.com/DaveGillespieMP

Gillespie's predecessor, independent Rob Oakeshott fought hard for the issue.  

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