Aussie pollie says Trump win down to political apathy

Dawson MP says people have put the personality of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to the side and voted on the issues.
Dawson MP says people have put the personality of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to the side and voted on the issues. Evan Vucci

GEORGE Christensen is fed up with politics and so is everyone else, which is why, according to the Member for Dawson, Donald Trump is leading the US presidential election.

Mr Christensen believes the economic protectionism, nationalism and political incorrectness that Mr Trump has ridden to everything but victory will not come to Australia but is already here.

"This is why we have seen in the last election about 20% of the electorate vote for another party not the Liberal-Labor dichotomy," he said.

Mr Christensen has said in the past, and said again, that he believes Mr Trump is an "utterly flawed individual".

"If you could wish for another person saying all the same things policy-wise and being able to harness all the people around it... People have obviously looked at what's happening here, people have put the personalities of Donald Trump to the side and voted on the issues," Mr Christensen said.

"It does change everything. I think it is showing people are fed up with politics as usual.

"I've been in this job for six years, local government councillor for six years and I am fed up with politics."

He said despite being in a government that was getting something done he was frustrated he couldn't get stuck in.

"I am sick of listening to people that come to me with problems about high fuel prices and power prices, and walking away thinking what can be done," he said.

"The system just does not enable me, as a backbencher, or enable the government of the day to get stuck in and deal with those problems.

"(Both sides of politics) are not willing to touch them because of some free market ideology, or not willing to touch them in the fear of being politically incorrect."

And some of Mr Trump's politically incorrect policies resonated with Mr Christensen.

"Obviously declaring to build that wall, that deals with a lot of the concern people have of illegal immigration from Mexico," he said.

"And halt Muslim immigration until they can work out what is going on with the high level of radicalisation."

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