Rogue Liberal-National Party MP George Christensen has declared “masks don’t work and lockdowns don’t work” on the floor of Parliament demanding an end to “the madness” of Covid 19.
The outburst prompted a furious rebuke from Labor leader Anthony Albanese in question time, after he warned the Queensland MP’s speech was a disgrace to the people who died in the last 24 hours.
Mr Christensen has been increasingly vocal in recent weeks over the issue of vaccine passports raising the prospect he might move to the cross bench or split with the Coalition if there’s a vote on the issue.
“Will the madness end? How many more freedoms will we lose due to fear of a virus, which has a survivability rate of 997 out of 1000,’’ Mr Christensen said.
“It’s time we stopped spreading fear and acknowledge some facts.
“Masks do not work. Fact. It has been proven that masks make no significant difference in stopping the spread of COVID-19.
“Lockdowns don’t work. Fact. Lock downs don’t destroy the virus but they do destroy people’s livelihoods and people’s lives. Studies have shown they can even increase mortality rates”
Mr Albanese accused Mr Christensen of supporting “dangerous remedies which are completely, completely contradictory to the scientific advice”.
He accused the Queensland MP of insulting the sacrifices Australian “heroes” had made to keep their loved ones safe.
“They sacrificed, they stayed at home. They have kept safe from each other,’’ he said.
“For a member of the house of Representatives, as the member for Dawson did, to attend a rally in Mackay, supporting these violent demonstrations that took place is an insult to those heroes of the pandemic and that is why this motion recognises our scientists, our doctors and nurses, our aged care and disability workers, our cleaners, our truck drivers, our supermarket workers who have made all of those sacrifices to keep us safe.”
Mr Christensen has also been encouraging Queensland voters to join him on “freedom rallies”.
“Domestic vaccine passports are a form of discrimination. Fact. We are all human beings. Nobody should be restricted from everyday life because of their medical choices, especially when vaccinated people can still catch and spread COVID-19,’’ he said.
“Our posturing politicians – many over there – the sensationalist media elite and the dictatorial medical bureaucrats need to recognise these facts and stop spreading fear.
“COVID-19 is going to be with us forever, just like the flu and just like the flu, we will have to live with it, not in constant fear of it.
“Some people will catch it. Some people will tragically die from it. That’s inevitable and we have to accept it.
“Open society back up, restore our freedoms and this madness.”