Senator defends tweet after backlash
Federal Senator Matt Canavan has copped heavy backlash on Twitter after tweeting a photo of a campaign ute with a 'black coal matters' sticker.
The tweet from the National's party Senator also has a cutout of former Greens leader Bob Brown holding a #STARTNEWACLAND sign in a ute with 'QLD COAL, POWERING QUEENSLAND'S ECONOMY" on the side.
He captioned the photo, "Bob's back! … And this time he is on a mission to create 500 jobs at the New Acland Mine. Go Bob!!!"
Since the upload Monday afternoon the Rockhampton based Senator has received criticism from Labor and Greens politicians around Australia, including Brisbane based Labor MP Graham Perrett and Labor Senator Murray Watt.
It comes after the LNP announced Labor will be preferenced last for the October 31 election.
You just did a preference deal with the Greens in every single Queensland seat you nong. #Qldpol— Graham Perrett (@GrahamPerrettMP) October 5, 2020
I look forward to hearing you explain your Greens preference deal to Central Qlders. pic.twitter.com/hxc4pYF8bd— Senator Murray Watt (@MurrayWatt) October 5, 2020
Other Twitter users have also been unimpressed, with some calling the post 'tasteless', 'desperate' and 'offensive and damaging'.
However, Canavan defended the post and said the stickers and posters are for use at the Bob Brown tribute rally in Clermont on Saturday.
"This sticker was made by local Central Queenslanders just trying to defend their jobs from a Labor-Green government taking away their livelihoods," he said.
"I fully support them in defending their community."
"Once again Labor has no idea about the harm their policies are inflicting on regional Queensland."
Originally published as Senator defends tweet after backlash