Former Liberal National Party (LNP) MP George Christensen has announced he’s running for a seat in the Senate under One Nation in the upcoming election on May 21, 2022.
The rogue MP will be running for the third seat in Queensland for Pauline Hanson’s party.
Christensen announced his new party alliance on Facebook, saying the rumours are correct.
“It is true. I have officially joined Pauline Hanson’s One Nation and will be contesting the next election as a candidate for that party,” he wrote.
“My views have not changed. It’s the same George Christensen. I just find those views — commonsense conservative views — fit more in One Nation than elsewhere these days…”
Hanson publicly confirmed and welcomed Christensen to One Nation in Brisbane on April 13.
“Everybody knows who George Christensen is. He is a fighter for Queensland and has done so in parliament for many years,” she said.
“I am proud to actually see that George now has joined One Nation’s team.”
Christensen announced his resignation from the Coalition via Facebook on April 7, just days before his term came to an end, citing the party’s stance on vaccinations and net zero target as his reason to leave.
“It has come as no surprise to many people that for a long while I have diverged with the views of the government — most notably around the issue of vaccine mandates,” Christensen said.
“But also on a range of things including the push for a net zero, which I think will be net zero jobs.”
Christensen remained adamant that the flip decision to continue in politics had nothing to do with a $105,000 resettlement allowance given to politicians who lose their seats.
“If the only job that I do is helping Pauline get back in there in the Senate and maybe bringing a friend along with her in Raj Guruswamy, then that’s the job done,” he said.
“Because Pauline has been a warrior for commonsense conservative issues.”
Christensen said Hanson had approached him to consider running under the One Nation banner after his resignation announcement.