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Nats MP hits back at coalition colleague

AAP logoAAP 7/11/2016

Outspoken government backbencher George Christensen has hit back at a coalition colleague who criticised him on the floor of parliament for cuddling up to One Nation.

Liberal Russell Broadbent used a late-night speech to parliament on Monday to call out the Nationals MP for a recent speech he made about Islam.

Mr Christensen took to Facebook on Tuesday to respond, saying Mr Broadbent was part of the elitist set in Canberra and would be more suited in the House of Lords.

Mr Broadbent also criticised Senator Hanson's maiden speech labelling as "bogus" the claim that Australia was in danger of being swamped by Muslims.

That only led to Labor exploiting "the unfortunately different views that exist on my side of politics," he told parliament.

He noted that other parties such as the Nick Xenophon Team received a much bigger share of the vote at the recent election than One Nation.

"Why then are some on my side prone to cuddling up to Hansonite rhetoric," Mr Broadbent said.

The veteran backbencher said he was "appalled" by a recent speech from Mr Christensen which "appealed to fear and prejudice".

"My spirit of good humour evaporated when I listened to the member for Dawson deliver what amounted to a diatribe about the rise of Islam in this country."

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