Federal Member for Dawson has described the Labor-Greens Government as ‘arrogant and out of touch’ after protestors were ridiculed in Canberra this week.
After more than 1000 people rallied in front of Parliament House as part of the ‘Convoy of No Confidence’, the Leader of Government Business Anthony Albanese described the event as ‘a convoy of no consequence’.
Leader of the Greens Bob Brown went further, depicting the protestors as ‘moaners’ and ‘a general smorgasbord of whingers’.
Mr Christensen said the comments helped explain why the government had fallen behind in the opinion polls and Labor’s primary vote has dropped to historic low levels.
“The arrogance and contempt in those comments is further evidence of a government that is completely out of touch with Australian people,” Mr Christensen said.
“Whenever voters disagree with Labor or the Greens, they get ridiculed. It’s a bit rich for a professional protestor like Bob Brown to criticise Australians who travelled long distances, at considerable personal expense, to raise legitimate concerns about the carbon tax and other issues.
“Regional Australians deserve better than a Labor-Greens Government that treats voters with contempt.”
Mr Christensen met with a range of people on the lawns of Parliament House with a range of specific issues.
“Their lack of confidence comes from more than just the carbon tax,” he said. “They see the pink batts, the NBN, the overpriced school halls, the so-called Malaysian solution, and the live export disaster as an indication that Australia can’t afford to keep this government in power.
“The one thing they can’t get over is how they have been lied to and taken for granted only to have these government figures ridicule their legimate concerns.”