LNP candidate George Christensen, widely expected to win the Queensland federal seat of Dawson for the conservatives, published a series of virulently racist, anti-semitic, homophobic and woman-hating rants back in1998.
VEXNEWS has learned that the publication â€œThe Student Advocateâ€ was edited by Christensen when he was a student at Central Queensland University. VEXNEWS has obtained a copy of one edition of the â€œpolitically incorrectâ€ newsletter of Christensenâ€™s â€œConservative Studentsâ€™ Allianceâ€ which contains obscene jokes, racially vilifying material and denigrates women as â€œstupidâ€.
This accusation of â€œJewish deicideâ€ is one of the oldest and most vile anti-semitic conspiracy theories of all.
While Christensen goes to the trouble of telling constituents on his website he was raised a Catholic, he seems to have missed Pope Paul VIâ€™s express rejection of Jewish deicide, one of many absurd notions that underpinned organised attacks on Jews from the pogroms to the Holocaust.
On another page, he tells jokes about AIDS:
â€œA homosexual walks into the Doctorâ€™s office, sobbing. â€˜Doctor, Doctorâ€™, he says â€˜I think Iâ€™ve got AIDS. â€˜Well,â€™ replied the Doctor, shocked â€œWho gave it to you?â€
â€œI dunno,â€ says the homosexual. â€œI havenâ€™t got eyes in the back of my head.â€
He doesnâ€™t restrict his venom there either. In an article about the Hollywood actor Will Smith, whom the currently unmarried Christensen felt was over-rated by the ladies, he expressed his thoughts on women:
Most Aussie menâ€¦ often try to crack onto good-looking women and neglect the not-so-good looking (read fat) onesâ€¦
Perhaps itâ€™s the intelligence of women or, rather, the lack of it?â€¦
My thoughts: the truth is women are stupid and thatâ€™s that. So on behalf of you, me and the guy thatâ€™s shrugging his shoulders in bewilderment after reading his sisterâ€™s copy of Dolly, let me just say: Will Smithâ€¦ youâ€™re lucky God gave women no bloody brains.
Other contributions express concern about the special privileges being bestowed Aborigines, the transgendered, republicans and so on. He is even critical of former Prime Minister John Howard for being a sell-out to aboriginal interests. He argues that there is an Australian system of â€œapartheidâ€ which benefits Aborigines through land rights, Abstudy and so on.
Itâ€™s hard to do Mr Christensenâ€™s words justice. And lest anyone think they be taken out of context, check out the whole file courtesy of the hard-working men and women of the famed VEXNEWS Investigations Unit.
TUESDAY UPDATE: George Christensen has apologised for his views and according to Liberal CHQ sources is very lucky that the VEXNEWS Investigations Unit only uncovered this offensive document yesterday. “If we’d known about this before the close of nominations, he would have been punted, no doubt about it but it’s all a bit late now. He’s disavowed those views now, has grown up a lot since University and will be a really solid regional MP if he gets up. I can assure you that you won’t be seeing these views repeated in his MP’s newsletters or anything like that” one Liberal campaign strategist told us this morning. That’s good news.
TUESDAY UPDATE: LNP sources have told us this story was most unfair with one telling VEXNEWS that we’d be much better off focusing on Labor’s candidate in Dawson “Moscow” Mike Brunker who earned that nickname – it is said – after attending the Soviet Union’s 13th Annual World Youth Festival in Moscow as a teenage wannabe union militant. That’s quite the choice the good people of Mackay have before them on August 21st.
TUESDAY UPDATE: Tony Abbott has come out defending his man in Dawson according to the ABC who ran the unsubtle headline ‘Abbott defends candidate critical of Jews, gays, women’:
Questioned about the revelations this morning, Mr Abbott said there was “colourful material” from most people’s university days. “He’s a good bloke and I stand by him,” Mr Abbott said.
WEDNESDAY UPDATE: The George Christensen saga over his obnoxious views revealed here have finally reached a crescendo with Kerry O’Brien on the 730 Report quizzing Tony Abbott about the LNP trouble-maker:
KERRY O’BRIEN: OK. You’ve had to defend your Coalition candidate George Christensen in the North Queensland seat of Dawson today over some stridently anti-Semitic, anti-gay and anti-female comments he either wrote or edited in a university magazine 12 years ago describing women as bloody stupid. There was a joke about a gay man dying of AIDS. How can you defend those sort of sentiments, even if they were a decade ago?
TONY ABBOTT: Well, I don’t defend them. It was – they’re not defensible sentiments. But, Kerry, many of us are guilty of adolescent silliness. Certainly, my uni days involved some statements that I wouldn’t make today. Julia Gillard’s uni days and her days at the Socialist Forum involved statements that she wouldn’t make today. We grow through these things.
KERRY O’BRIEN: Have you bothered to check to with the candidate to absolutely assure yourself – have you bothered to absolutely assure yourself that none of those sentiments still exist in that man’s mind today?
TONY ABBOTT: I have got to know George quite well. He is a good candidate and I know he absolutely repudiates adolescent silliness.
■ One gay group the Coalition of Equality has very graciously accepted George Christensen’s apology too:
“If he has apologised for that particular publication and he’s willing to recant the fact that they were not in the best of taste, and he apologises for them, then I think we should let bygones be bygones and move forward,” he said.
“[We should] make sure that we do understand what is acceptable and suitable comment in regards to gay and lesbian people in Australian.
“We have to accept that what he says now on face value is a sincere and heartfelt apology.
“If in the future, it turns out not to be, I’m sure there will be words said at that point, and embarrassment caused to him.”