After a scathing farewell speech in Parliament in March, it was expected George Christensen would fade off into post Parliamentary life. He has spent considerable sums urging people to ‘keep in touch’ after he left his Parliamentary role, but that now seems irrelevant as George is back!
The Liberal National MP George Christensen has reversed his retirement plans and will join the Queensland Senate ticket for One Nation.
Never one to maintain the status quo, Christensen has backflipped on his retirement stating, “he should have made the move to Pauline Hanson’s party a long time ago”.
Pauline Hanson on Wednesday announced Christensen would be One Nation’s number three senate candidate for Queensland in a stunning backflip on his political retirement.
Christensen will run for the upper house and not his old seat of Dawson that he served as a member of the Liberal National Party for almost 12 years.
His return to parliament is unlikely as the third senate candidate for One Nation. One Nation would require 28.6 percent of the vote to gain three seats and their previous highest vote in Queensland was 14.8 per cent back in 1998.
In these interesting times, stranger things have happened.
“Everybody knows who George Christensen is. He is a fighter for Queensland and has done so in parliament for many years,” Senator Hanson said in Brisbane on Wednesday.
“I am proud to actually see that George now has joined One Nation’s team.”
Mr Christensen, who was the MP for the safe LNP Queensland seat of Dawson, had planned to retire from politics and recently quit the LNP.
He had expressed his disenchantment with the LNP’s direction, its net-zero climate pledge and “destructive pandemic policies”.
LNP Senator Matt Canavan said while he understood Mr Christensen might have been upset with some party room decisions, change had to be fought for.
“It is a desertion,” the fellow Queenslander told Nine Network.
“You don’t go off and speak to a minor party.”
That is something I believe happens regularly in parliament, Mr. Canavan.
The minor parties are often spoken to when numbers are needed. This statement would be a sign of the arrogance of the major parties, suggesting the minor parties don’t deserve their duly elected place. Like the small child who should be seen but not heard.
One Nation will field candidates in 151 lower house electorates across the nation.
Hanson says ON membership has grown since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in lockdowns at various times in major cities across Australia.
“The people have indicated they have enough of the major political parties … They are looking for change, they are looking for representation, looking for people who will represent them on the floor apartment with integrity and honesty,” Senator Hanson said.
At a media conference on Wednesday, Christensen said he accepted the offer because of One Nation’s policies against COVID-19 mandates and “the religion that is man-made climate change”.
He attacked the government’s response to the pandemic, saying it “was a complete and utter overreach, blowing up freedoms and rights and all the rest of it”.