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How an erotic sex scene may have ruined this Australian MP's career

Dennis Jensen lost his party’s nomination earlier this month.

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IT HAS BEEN a rollercoaster of a month for conservative Australian MP Dennis Jensen.

He lost the nomination to represent his Liberal Party to retain his seat in Tangney, Perth in Australia’s upcoming federal elections – losing the vote by a hefty 57 to seven.

He’s also released a book on Amazon, detailing an imaginary war between Australia and Indonesia, called the Sky Warriors.

It all started when the Australian newspaper published an article revealing the existence of Jensen’s book, stating that he had used his parliamentary letterhead in 2007 when writing to a Sydney literary agent seeking a publishing deal.

The newspaper also printed a particular scene from the book, which has been reproduced on multiple media outlets.

In it, a dictator, Rajiv Rono, shouts at his mistress Yasmine and rips open her blouse, “completely ignoring her protests”.

He then savours the “fruits of his victory”. There’s also some mention of Yasmine’s breasts and the fact that she “didn’t believe in wearing bras”.

“Smear campaign”

The BBC reports that Jensen blames a “smear campaign” against him for his losing his party’s vote, of which the publishing of his book was a part.

His outspoken views in the past, opposing same-sex marriage and being a climate change sceptic, had endeared him to the Liberal Party’s evangelical Christian wing, whose support he said he lost after the article in the Australian appeared.

Another article in the Australian appeared quickly after, in which it was reported that Jensen had recently left his family home “to live about 60km away [outside Tangney] with his new girlfriend”.

“One-two shot”

“It was a one-two shot against me,” Jensen told the BBC in an interview.

“One, he’s a purveyor of smut. Two, he’s abandoned his wife and kids to shack up with his new girlfriend. This was a very well organised, well co-ordinated strike.

In fact, my wife left me in July 2014. She lived in the electorate home. I lived down at our holiday home. I met my current girlfriend, and we’ve been together subsequently, in November 2014.

He is now suing the Australian for defamation, but in another move decided to publish the Sky Warriors on Amazon last week.

“The plot is out in the public domain now, so the damage is done,” Jensen said of his decision to publish the book.

 And I thought I might have a shot at seeing if it would sell. Also to put the record straight and show it’s not a work of erotica, as The Australian portrayed it.

By the accounts of those who read it, the book is far from erotica, and is rather a highly detailed war book, full of technical detail about aircraft and radar.

The BBC states that while Jensen had held his Liberal seat in Perth for nearly 12 years, he was never hugely popular with locals, so may have lost his seat anyway.

Now, however, he says that he’s “done with” the Liberal Party.

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Cormac Fitzgerald

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