MP won’t be put off by threats
WHETHER you love him or hate him, one thing is sure: current Member for Dawson George Christensen isn't shy about airing his views.
"I'm big enough and ugly enough to weather it (criticism) and if you're not, get out of politics I suppose," he said.
"I've had people say all sorts of things, even death threats. I've had the National Department of Justice do assessments on my home security because of death threats.
"They say you should always report it, but I also think it's just people blowing off steam."
However, despite his critics, the 37-year-old's aversion to political correctness was welcomed by many voters in the electorate prior to his win in the 2013 Federal election.
Now, he's back on the campaign trail and the journalist-turned politician, has an overarching message: jobs, jobs, jobs.
"Job creation is by far the biggest issue for me now ," he said.
"We have seen over the last four years the decimation of employment in mining. Yes, because of cyclical movements in coal pricing nationally, but also because of government imposts.
"... we had the carbon tax, the mining tax. There was investment jitters and the backside fell out of the coal pricing and here we are.
"What hasn't helped is the constant agitation against the projects which could create jobs in our region... referring mainly to the Adani project, but also things like the Urannah Dam, which these rabid environmentalists want shut down before it's been spawned as an idea.
"Green groups are also against the expansion of agriculture, sugar cane, farming… (and) these are the things I believe we're good at ."