Australia MP George Christensen criticised over gun photo

Australia MP George Christensen criticised over gun photo

"Are they really standards that you are willing, as Prime Minister, to walk by?" she asked of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

The rural-based Nationals Party lawmaker George Christensen posted the picture of himself on Facebook aiming a gun and asking: "You gotta ask yourself, do you feel lucky, greenie punks?" echoing a line from Clint Eastwood's "Dirty Harry" movie.

Senator Hanson-Young says the federal government must condemn his actions and the Nationals should sack him.

Greens Party leader Richard Di Natale reported the post to Australian police on Sunday and asked Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to force Christensen to take it down, noting the timing of the post just days after 17 people were killed in the deadliest high school shooting in US history.

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

Mr Christensen said he would not be "moralised at" by the Greens, who he said supported "illegal activism on mine sites". "Obviously not." He eventually deleted his post.

"The flippant comment I made online was a quote from Dirty Harry, who was a police officer speaking to people conducting illegal activity such as the Greens are".

He said he had taken it down after he was asked to do so by Nigel Scullion, who is the acting leader of the Nationals while Barnaby Joyce is on leave.

Member for Dawson George Christensen was keen to talk about the Mackay Ring Road but media were only interested in his Facebook post.


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

"It is more a case of an off-colour attempt at humour when issues around firearms are sensitive in the current politically correct climate."

Ms Hanson-Young posted a tweet she received from a supporter of Mr Christensen saying they hoped he had "left one in the chamber" to fire directly into her groin.

Political opponents accused Mr Christensen of inciting violence.

"It was a pretty sexist one and a threat to shoot me", she said.

"You have got a federal MP who is meant to represent all his constituents fanning the flames of abuse and violence targeted at peaceful protesters", Pennings said.

The ABC has contacted Mr Christensen for further comment.

Environmental activist Ben Pennings said he also reported the Facebook post to authorities.

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