GEORGE Christensen has been referred to the Australian Electoral Commission for seeking to give Eco Barge Turtle Sanctuary a $12000 “personal contribution” if he’s re-elected.
Under Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 anti-bribery provisions, a person shall not promise or offer property with the intention of influencing any person’s vote, or their support or opposition of a candidate or party.
Whether right or wrong, we know one thing, and that is that Mr Christensen doesn’t care about turtles.
If he did, why would he have been such a strident advocate for dumping millions of tonnes of dredge spoil at Abbot Point adjacent to an important turtle nesting site?
Under the Abbot Point expansion plans, advocated by George Christensen, the number of coal ships in the area will increase massively.
This will disrupt the nesting of turtles and increase the risk of ship strike for marine life including whales, turtles and dugongs. The turtle nesting ground is right next to the site where all of the toxic dredge spoil is set to be dumped.
The port will be used to facilitate the mining and burning of coal, which is the leading cause of global warming.
Global warming is causing coral bleaching, and could damage the tourism industry.
Mr. Christensen cares not a whit about turtles or the Great Barrier Reef.
There are so many things he could be doing in his electorate that do not involve personally paying money on the condition of re-election. Stephen Bulloch Bowen