Candidate quizzed for uni comments
LIBERAL National Party candidate for the seat of Dawson, George Christensen, has been harshly criticised this week over comments made in a university newspaper more than 10 years ago.
Mr Christensen edited and wrote for a university newsletter, producing articles that contained negative comments against women, gays and Jews.
He has apologised for the comments this week and said he was a teenager when he made the comments and that they were made in jest.
However, Labor candidate for Dawson Mike Brunker has labelled the comments as “disgraceful” and said the public would make up their own minds on polling day.
“You make your bed, you lie in it,” Mr Brunker said this week.
He said Mr Christensen had run a very immature campaign up until now.
However, Mr Christensen said the Liberal National Party had found out on Friday night that Labor Party operatives were sending these articles to the national press hoping they would get a run.
Mr Christensen described this as “absolute gutter politics”.
“I wrote some pretty stupid comments in a newsletter,” he said. “It is certainly something in my past that I regret.”
The issue has received a lot of coverage from national media in recent days. Opposition leader Tony Abbott is publicly backing Mr Christensen.