The Prime Minister has refused to directly condemn coalition backbencher George Christensen after the rebel MP compared state premiers to Hitler and claimed the solution was “civil disobedience”.
Nationals MP Mr Christensen gave a 90-second speech to parliament where he claimed state premiers were following the path of totalitarian regimes responsible for “heinous atrocities”.
“Think Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Pol Pot, they didn’t get there overnight,” he said.
“They used fear to control, they excluded the dirty people, softly at first, they justified the exclusion, they moved to harder exclusions and eventually eliminated people either socially or physically.
“In 21st century Australia, state premiers are racing down that familiar path, trying to out-tyrant each other, drunk on power, setting up their own biosecurity police states complete with medical apartheid.
“Fear is the justification of choice for coercion and control, with non-vaccinated Australians increasingly demonised, ostracised and socially eradicated.”
The Queensland backbencher ended his incendiary speech calling for “civil disobedience”.
“The totalitarian path – the path we are unquestionably on – has never ended well,” he said.
“The solution is a rediscovery of human dignity, and I don’t say this lightly, civil disobedience.”
During a fiery Question Time, Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese asked the Prime Minister to directly condemn Mr Christensen for his comments.
Mr Morrison said as the son of a police officer, he believed everyone should obey the law.
“Every single person should obey the law and no-one should encourage anyone to disobey the law,” he said.
“I would condemn any encouragement by any person in any place … regarding acts of civil disobedience.
”I’ve been very clear in my denunciation of violence and threats and intimidation, and I don’t care whether that has occurred most recently, or it happened at the Shrine of Remembrance, or indeed when people and Labor unions tried to crash through the doors of this building many years ago.
“Every single time I’ve seen this, I find it appalling and I don’t think it is an issue that those opposite should seek to play politics with.”
But because Mr Morrison failed to condemn Mr Christensen by name, Mr Albanese pushed the matter again.
“I invite him to directly condemn (Mr Christensen) for the very specific comments that he has made,” he said.
The Prime Minister said he would restate exactly what he said in his answer to the previous question, as shouts erupted around him.
He then pointed to a quote from Australian Council of Trade Unions Secretary Sally McManus four years ago in which she said she didn’t think there was a problem with breaking “unjust” laws.
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