Statement attributable to Stephen Smyth, Queensland District President, CFMEU – Mining and Energy Division:
George Christensen will be remembered for his love for travel and bizarre photo shoots.
But I know what casual miners in his electorate will remember him for: selling out their working rights.
For more than ten years, Christensen enthusiastically supported the mining companies’ mass casualisation of jobs in the Mackay region.
Then, after our union fought through the courts to end the casual rort, he voted for new laws that would snatch their rights back off them.
Christensen will be remembered as the local member who was so disloyal to his casual miner constituents, that he actually voted to take food off their tables.
Christensen always pretended to be a friend of mining, but he was never a friend to mine workers.
The people of Dawson deserve a new member who will actually stand up for mining communities, instead of selling them out at every turn.