STAND UP: Labor Senator Murray Watt is calling on George Christensen to follow through on his threats.
STAND UP: Labor Senator Murray Watt is calling on George Christensen to follow through on his threats. Emily Smith

George's threats evaporate with the balance of power

THREATS from George Christensen to cross the floor over proposed superannuation changes have dried up since he was given the balance of power.

Ten days before Labor's Cathy O'Toole won the seat of Herbert, the Federal Member for Dawson said he was prepared to cross the floor if government's proposed superannuation policies were passed.

"I hate it when the government fiddles with Super," Mr Christensen said.

"If the government's superannuation policy does not change, I will be crossing the floor and voting against these measures."

He said his major gripes were with the proposed $500,000 non-concessional lifetime cap, which would even be brought in retrospectively, and the $1.6m pension fund transfer balance cap.

But when Labor won the seat of Herbert on July 30, it gave Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the LNP a one-seat majority.

That meant if George did cross the floor, it would likely block the legislation.

During a trip to Mackay Thursday, his first since officially being sworn in as a Queensland Labor Senator, Murray Watt called on Mr Christensen to follow through on his threat.

"With Labor winning in Herbert, we now know Mr Christensen is in the box seat to decide whether this legislation passes," Senator Watt said.

"The time has come for Mr Christensen to put up, or shut up."

Senator Watt, a former lawyer and chief-of-staff to former Premier Anna Bligh, said the make-up of the lower house was likely to see him ask politicians to cross the floor on many major issues.

But as Mr Christensen had already volunteered to do so, he made a prime candidate this time around.

Mr Christensen did not answer questions from The Daily Mercury this week.


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