George not bowed by death threats after Twitter comment

MACKAY-based federal MP George Christensen, who throws daily comment out on Twitter to hook and stir debate on what is trending, was shaken and sickened by the bloodied image of a corpse that came with a death threat.

Now a target of vitriol, MP for Dawson George Christensen won't be falling into an emotional quivering mess.

Mr Christensen knows how to feed comment on social media and get a reaction from his 4000 Facebook 'friends' but when he flicked out an image of a child in an Asian ghetto saying: "Aussies should do tour of Asia and live like locals to put these 1st world complaints re budget in perspective..." it got plenty of diverse comment and tweets.

What he had not planned for was copping such a nasty bite back - an awful image of a grisly death and the threatening rhetoric that is now under investigation by Federal Police.

Mr Christensen has travelled to a handful of Asian countries, even Palestine in the Middle East, and says he does not regret his shot at wingers who complained about the 2014 budget. He says he only wanted people to view the budget in perspective because "we have such a good life here".

"People live there in poverty, all sorts of diseases and problems," he says.

Will he cut back on his tweets?

"No way. It is powerful at getting the message through. You want reaction. It would be boring if you just say hi guys, how are you," Mr Christensen says.

He admits that he was shaken by the death threat and upset for his staff who opened it first.

"It is the worst we have had. There are people a little bit unhinged," he says.

"I didn't go into the job to be a martyr. It will not stop me from doing or saying anything."

No stranger to stirring a little controversy and soaking up the desired publicity from his social media utterances, the MP took on the Greens "veganism" by encouraging people to eat up in a Free Meat Week.

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