MP warns campaigners he'll sue if they don't stop lies
CLARENCE MP Chris Gulaptis says he will sue anti-CSG campaigners if they continue to spread "lies and gossip" about his ties to the industry.
Mr Gulaptis said a protester stationed outside his Prince St office loudly accused him of having worked for a company with links to coal seam gas mining.
He did not deny having worked for LandPartners as a surveyor until 2006 but said his job never involved in any CSG operations.
The accusations have since made their way to Facebook.
"As far as I'm concerned, that's nothing but gossip and malicious lies," he said.
"I'm a surveyor - that's my profession - and I worked for LandPartners as a consultant.
"It certainly had nothing to do with the CSG industry and I ceased working for them in 2006
"At that stage, I had never even heard of CSG and I certainly didn't work on any CSG projects."
Mr Gulaptis said anyone spreading malicious rumours about him should be prepared to argue their case in court.
"The way it's spread is as if these people believe it to be true," he said.
"If that's all the research they've done into me, then what level of research have they actually done to become such experts on the CSG industry?
"I will not hesitate in defending myself and taking up a defamation action against those people if they impugn my reputation."