Queensland LNP MP George Christensen has announced he will notelection.
Mr. Christensen told The Courier-Mail he would not recontest his Mackay-based seat at the next poll, saying “the time was right,” He had always intended to serve three terms.
The 42-year-old said he wanted to spend more time with his family, including his wife, April Asuncion, who was “caught up overseas” due to.
He also said Australia’s politics was “broken” and that he would have “more to say about it down the track”.
“While I’m in parliament until the next election and while there’s still breath in me, I’m going to continue speaking out on the issues that matter, without fear or favor, or the need to get re-elected,” the statement said.
Nationals Leaderconfirmed on Thursday night that Mr. Christensen had decided not to re-contest his seat of Dawson.
“George Christensen has been a tireless fighter for the people of Dawson and central Queensland, and his decision not to contest theParliament is personally momentous,” he said.
“Since first being elected the Member for Dawson in 2010 as a candidate for the LNP and The Nationals, George has done a power of good for all the communities in the region. I respect him for doing so in the professional way he has. “George’s decision to end of this term of the Parliament has been a callous decision for George., spend time with family, and pursue a career after politics is one that he has not taken casually. Giving up the opportunity to serve his community at the
The move followsblocking embattled federal MP Andrew Laming from recontesting the Brisbane seat of Bowman on 12 April after he failed to withdraw his preselection nomination following harassment allegations officially.
The Mackay-based politician was first in the local council.
He came under fire for 294 days in the Philippines between 2014 and 2018. He referred himself to the expenses watchdog after questions were raised about taxpayer-funded domestic travel being used to link up withto the southeast Asian nation.
He was forced to repay $327.28, including a 25 percent penalty for misusing entitlements, and voluntarily repaid a further $1843.16 for domestic airfares and.
Mr. Christensen also courted controversy in early 2018, refusing to apologize for ashowing him pointing a gun alongside the comment: “You gotta ask yourself, do you feel lucky, greenie punks?”.
The LNP held Dawson with a 14.6 percent margin at the 2019 election, with the seat now set to undergo a preselection process.
Dawson slipped into Labor’sfor the first and only time in its 70-year history in 2007 when James Bidgood upset sitting Nationals MP, De-Anne Kelly.