Published: Mon, February 19, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Australia MP George Christensen criticised over gun photo

Australia MP George Christensen criticised over gun photo

Police said they would consider whether an investigation was warranted.

Malcolm Turnbull, Australia's prime minister, criticised an MP in his ruling coalition who posted a photograph online of himself holding a gun, Dirty Harry-style, and asking: "Do you feel lucky, greenie punks?".

Mr Turnbull said Mr Christensen took down the post "after he was spoken to about it".

"I reckon the abusers are ultimately cowards but I've gone to the police just to be sure", Mr Pennings said.

Mr Christensen is expected to hold a press conference later on Monday.

Mr Christensen had posted the photo as a comment underneath a Facebook post that showed him visiting a gun range.

Nationals MP George Christensen.

Greens Senator Di Natale said Mr Christensen was giving people a licence to behave in a violent way towards others with a different opinion.

That someone turned out to be Nationals Senate leader Nigel Scullion, according to Christensen himself.

It was unclear whether Mr Christensen's caption was specifically aimed at the Greens or at environmental activists who are campaigning against a proposed coalmine - which is supported by the MP - in his seat.

"George Christensen posted a vulgar picture of him holding a hand gun, and making what he says is a joke about shooting people, and frankly guns aren't a joke and particularly in the wake of the massacre in the U.S. only last week with 17 people shot dead, including children", Senator Hanson-Young said.

The Facebook post was referred to the Australian Federal Police by the Greens, with their Senator Sarah Hanson-Young saying on Twitter she had received an emailed threat from one of Christensen's supporters.

But the MP said the Greens had gotten all worked up over a Dirty Harry-inspired joke, leaving them "wringing their hands and crying".

He also used the opportunity to tell the ABC he saw Eastwood's Smith and Wesson Model 29.44 Magnum at the National Rifle Association and had a similar model in his collection.

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