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Greens want Christensen apology for 'sexist' cartoon

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen, who represents Mackay, Proserpine, Airlie Beach and Bowen.
Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen, who represents Mackay, Proserpine, Airlie Beach and Bowen. APN PHOTO LIBRARY

QUEENSLAND Greens Senator Larissa Waters has demanded Dawson's Coalition MP George Christensen apologise for posting a cartoon showing Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk naked and riding a wrecking ball.

Ms Waters told reporters this morning it was another example of sexism creeping into the Queensland election campaign.

Aside from the cartoon posted on Mr Christensen's Facebook -- and now removed -- Ms Water's criticised the Queensland LNP Government for using advertisements with the slogan "Don't wake up with regrets", featuring an image of Ms Palaszczuk.

A similar cartoon was used by News Limited papers to lampoon Clive Palmer, showing the billionaire magnet naked on a wrecking ball, both drawing inspiration from a now-iconic Miley Cyrus video clip.
 

The image posted by Dawson MP George Christensen featuring Queensland Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk.
The image posted by Dawson MP George Christensen featuring Queensland Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk.

 

Ms Waters said she was not aware of that cartoon but felt no politician ought to be depicted without clothes on.

Specifically, she said depicting women in cartoons without their clothes on was particularly sexist.

Women made up more than half the population, she said, and were a part of public life.

"This is not the 1950s," she said.

After removing the cartoon from his social media page, Mr Christensen posted a response to what he described as "fake outrage" on the matter.

"It's pretty pathetic to fake outrage at a joke just to score political points." he wrote on Facebook.

"It's also unAustralian given taking the Mickey (especially out of politicians) has always been a strong part of our national culture.

"I just wish we would lighten and have a laugh sometimes. I fear as a nation we are losing our sense of humour to political correctness."

Ms Palaszczuk said she would "not be diverted" by Mr Christensen's cartoon, except, "This is what I say to the LNP, what sort of message are you sending to women in this State?"

 

George Christensen puts up naked Palaszczuk cartoon

PREMIER Campbell Newman has distanced himself from a crude cartoon featuring Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk that appeared on a federal politician's Facebook page.

Dawson Coalition MP George Christensen, who is no stranger to creating social media outrage, made a quick foray into the Queensland election campaign on Tuesday, but then just as quickly jumped out.

Mr Christensen posted on his Facebook page a cartoon of Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk naked on a wrecking ball, crashing into a wall labelled jobs, with Greens leader Christine Milne cheering in the background. The words "with apologies to Miley Cyrus" appear in the corner of the cartoon, a reference to the performer's Wrecking Ball film clip. The post, which directed people to his website, was later removed.

Mr Newman, who has spoken out against personal attacks in the past, said Mr Christensen's post had "nothing to do with me".

"He must answer to his team," Mr Newman said. "I think when people get into personal stuff its always disappointing but again the point we're making in this campaign is let's just get away from personalities and attacks on individuals."

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Mr Christensen has since posted a response to what he calls "fake outrage" over the drawing.

"It's pretty pathetic to fake outrage at a joke just to score political points." he wrote on Facebook.

"It's also unAustralian given taking the Mickey (especially out of politicians) has always been a strong part of our national culture.

"I just wish we would lighten and have a laugh sometimes. I fear as a nation we are losing our sense of humour to political correctness."

 

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