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Scott Elms withdraws as independent candidate for Gympie

Scott Elms.
Scott Elms. Craig Warhurst

Today Rainbow Beach Businessman Scott Elms announced that he is withdrawing as an Independent Candidate for the seat of Gympie for the next election.

Mr Elms said that alleged ongoing intimidation and harassment toward him and his family by people associated with David Gibson has had a serious effect on the welfare of the most important things in his life and for that reason he could no longer continue on.

"Since making the decision to speak the truth I have been intimidated and harassed by David Gibson and his associates. I believe that I have done the right thing but in doing so I have paid too high a price.

"We live in a great country where we value freedom of speech. Speaking the truth about a member of government is an Australian thing to do, but in my case for doing it the Premier of Queensland has referred me to his police force and the speaker of the house has referred me to the Parliamentary Ethics Committee.

"These actions along with those of some of Mr Gibson's local supporters have seriously hurt my family, my business and my health. I started this political journey because I'm a community minded person who wanted to improve the lives of those around me not the opposite. " Mr Elms said.

Mr Elms also announced that he will be standing aside from all volunteer roles he holds within the community.

"In order for me to repair my life and focus on my family and my health I need to withdraw from all my other volunteer roles which include positions on the Gympie Regional Council Economic Development Advisory Board, the Local Tourism Organisation, the Gympie Regional Council Destination Gympie Regional Advisory Board and the Rainbow Beach Commerce and Tourism Association.

"As I am now a private citizen with the big job of rebuilding my life ahead of me, I ask that the media respect my privacy over the coming months." Mr Elms said.

Gympie Times

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