Christensen to form an anti-GetUp! to "fight socialism"
FIGHTING the 'socialist forces' from environmental activist group GetUp will be the directive from a Federal MP, if he secures the financial backing and membership to form a 'new movement'.
Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen has added fuel to the fire in his war with GetUp by posting on Facebook a plan to create a new "patriotic and conservative" group to take them on.
"Expressions of interest are sought by those interested in financing and forming a patriotic, conservative alternative to GetUp!," Mr Christensen wrote on Facebook.
"If we do nothing, we will let the forces of socialism and globalism conquer.
"Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "New movement" to express your interest."
It is accompanied by a post from Edmund Burke: "When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle."
The post, written on July 4, has been shared 183 times and has 138 comments.
It may have been intended as a joke.
Queensland lead organiser for GetUp Ellen Roberts, for one, appeared amused by the post when The Daily Mercury spoke to her yesterday, stating: "I guess imitation is the highest form of flattery."
She believed Mr Christensen had noted how the group had mobilised thousands of people during the election campaign, but thought a rival group led by the Federal MP would fail.
"He has divisive, repugnant views that are not reflected in a broad base of Australians," she said.
"We are an active, thriving movement because we embody the values of the society we are thriving towards."
On July 3, Mr Christensen came under fire after posting a shot he snapped secretly of Ms Roberts at a polling booth, where he called members of the organisation "grubs" who should "bugger off".
Later on July 4, he posted about GetUp again, accusing the organisation for hypocrisy as he pointed out it had used photos taken without his permission in their pre-election advertising campaign.
But Ms Roberts believed there was a difference between the two scenarios.
"That ad was focused on serious issues we were raising. It was not an attempt to intimidate him at all," she said.
"He's an MP and invites debate on his actions. "It's entirely expected and the two scenarios are entirely different."
Mr Christensen has been contacted for comment.