Wednesday, 28 October 2020
Statements by Members
Member for Hughes
Last year the Prime Minister was so concerned to ensure that Craig Kelly continued as member for Hughes that he intervened to save his pre-selection. How has the member for Hughes been serving his electorate?
How's the member for Hughes been serving his electorate? He's given 25 speeches in parliament over the past six months. One has been on legislation; four have been about Victorian lockdowns—Hughes is in New South Wales; three have promoted climate change denial; and nine have promoted dangerous disinformation about hydroxychloroquine. Only two could generously be regarded as being about his electorate of Hughes.
He's also been prolific on Facebook. He's had 152 posts on Facebook. Thirty have been about the Victorian lockdowns and his loathing for Premier Andrews, 27 have promoted climate change denial, seven have supported Donald Trump, and 63 have undermined the medical advice on hydroxychloroquine. None have been about his electorate. There've been no shout-outs to the people of Hughes, there's been no lobbying for his electorate—none—whilst 63 posts have promoted hydroxychloroquine. He has supported conspiracy theories about COVID-19 and the deep state.
Hughes deserves better than the member for Hughes. Hughes deserves a member standing up for it. Hughes deserves better than the captain's call.