|Member of the Australian Parliament
9 October 2004 – 2 July 2016
|Preceded by||Daryl Williams|
|Succeeded by||Ben Morton|
28 February 1962
Johannesburg, South Africa
|Spouse(s)||Sue Jensen (divorced)|
|Domestic partner||Trudy Hoad|
|Alma mater||RMIT University
Dr Dennis Jensen (born 28 February 1962 in Johannesburg, South Africa) is a former Australian politician. He was elected to the Australian House of Representatives at the 9 October 2004 federal election for the Division of Tangney, Western Australia, for the Liberal Party. He is known for his views as a climate change denier.
He was educated at RMIT University, Melbourne University and Monash University, from where he has a PhD in materials science. He worked at the CSIRO as a scientist and was also an air traffic controller and a defence analyst before entering politics.
In 2006, Dr Jensen lost his preselection for Tangney for the 2007 federal election, but won it back with the support of the state executive and prime minister John Howard. He lost preselection again for the 2010 election, but once again the state executive intervened and restored him as Liberal candidate.
Dr Jensen is a denier concerning human-induced global warming and, on behalf of the Lavoisier Group, organised the release of a book entitled Nine Facts About Climate Change by former mining CEO Ray Evans. In February 2007 during a Parliamentary sitting, Jensen quoted the then IPCC vice chairman Yuri Izrael, who had stated that "there is no proven link between human activity and global warming".
Dr Jensen boycotted Parliament on the day that the formal apology to the Stolen Generations was made by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. He further courted controversy by telling Australian Indigenous people affected by European colonisation to "get over it." He was one of six Liberal MPs (including fellow West Australian MPs Wilson Tuckey, Luke Simpkins and the late Don Randall as well as Sophie Mirabella and the late Alby Schultz) to leave the house (or boycott entirely) in protest to the apology to the Stolen Generations.
Lost Liberal pre-selection
Jensen lost Liberal preselection in Tangney for the 2016 federal election. Announced on 3 April 2016, it was revealed he had written an unpublished book that included graphic sex scenes, titled "The Skywarriors" (released as an eBook on Amazon 12 April 2016). Jensen labelled it "dirty tricks" and an "absolute smear campaign". Former party state director Ben Morton won preselection.
- WA Today, Jensen uses Hitler to deny climate change, Fairfax Media, 25 February 2009, retrieved 18 April 2013
- Dennis Jensen, West Australian MP, blames 'dirty tricks' after being dumped by Liberal preselectors: ABC 3 April 2016
- Peters, Denis (28 February 2007). "Climate change "a campaign of alarmism"'". news.com.au. Archived from the original on 28 February 2007. Retrieved September 2007. Check date values in:
- Dr Dennis Jensen, The mysterious disappearing hockey stick, retrieved September 2007
- House Standing Committee on Science and Innovation, Between a Rock and a Hard Place the science of geosequestration, August 2007, retrieved September 2007 Archived 29 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
- ABC News, Report shows Coalition divided over climate change, 13 August 2007, retrieved September 2007
- The Australian, , retrieved February 2008
- Sydney Morning Herald, Tweet and sour: MP in spat with Aboriginal woman on colonialism, Fairfax Media, retrieved 18 April 2013
|Parliament of Australia|
|Member for Tangney