Before the election, GetUp referred George Christensen to the AFP after the far-right MP promised a $12,000 donation to the Eco Barge turtle sanctuary in Queensland if he were re-elected. GetUp claimed that the promised donation might breach anti-bribery provisions in law.

Christensen on Friday gloated that the AFP had dropped the investigation: “I guess they agreed that turtles can’t vote.” Christensen had already withdrawn his donation, but now that he’s been re-elected and the investigation dropped, people have been asking the member for Dawson whether he intends to honour his original promise.

“That’s a private matter,” Christensen has responded.

Peter Fray

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