George Christensen wants to see the death penalty introduced
OPPOSITION backbencher George Christensen is calling on state governments to stand-up for a re-introduction of the death penalty.
The Mackay MP's comment in favour of the death penalty for serious crimes of murder involving sexual assault on Twitter today sparked instant controversy.
He said it was up to Federal Government to clear the way by overriding an international convention adopted in 2009 by the former Rudd Government preventing states from imposing the death penalty.
"I think that if state governments stand up and say they want to re-introduce it Federal Government should immediately replete that law," he said.
"It is my personal view that when we see such heinous crimes as what we witnessed in Melbourne with Jill Meagher, who was sexually assaulted and murdered, the death penalty is probably warranted in situations like that.
"I think the public should have a say on this, on whether they want it or not."
Mr Christensen described the death of Mackay women Shandee Blackburn as a "tragedy", saying the public wanted to see just punishments for heinous crimes.
"What I would say is if it was my daughter…and I think most people feel the same…they would want to see real justice for the perpetrator."
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