Dawson MP in pollie sin bin
FEDERAL Member for Dawson George Christensen was booted out of Parliament yesterday, after he angrily stood up for people protesting against the Government's proposed carbon tax.
During a fiery Question Time in Canberra, seven Members of Parliament were ejected from the House of Representatives by Speaker Harry Jenkins just hours after 3000 protesters gathered outside Parliament House to denounce the Government's proposed carbon tax.
Mr Christensen spent an hour in the ‘sin bin' for his outburst, but said he has no regrets after the flare-up that landed him in hot water.
“It is the fieriest question time I have been in, that's for sure,” Mr Christensen said.
“I don't regret speaking out because the Government members were trying to say that the 3000 protesters were all just extremists and not real Australians.
“I went down there and talked to them and they were anything but.”
The Member for Dawson spent some time before he attended Parliament mingling with the mass of protestors outside Parliament House.
“They kept saying their vote (in the last election) was based on the fact there would be no carbon tax and now they (the Government) are in, we have the carbon tax.
“I was talking with a mine worker from New South Wales who certainly admitted he was a Labor voter, but he said his vote would have been different if he knew about the carbon tax.
“They (Government) can say what they like to us (Opposition members) but with the public it is different, it is unacceptable when they are slagging off to the public who are protesting.
“They (protestors) were just getting hammered with no reply, so I thought I would reply for them.”
When asked if he would hold back in the future, Mr Christensen was quick to answer no, saying he was there to support the people.
“You wouldn't want it to happen every time, but when there is an important issue your people are concerned with, then you have to support them.”
Mr Christensen said his office had been deluged with complaints against the carbon tax, including complaints from people calling for a local rally, something he was considering.
He said many of the carbon tax protesters who were in the public gallery during Question Time had applauded after he was named and ejected from the House.