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Katter urged to dump candidate over gay comments

2:12 pm - 01/24/2013
Federal independent MP Bob Katter is being urged to dump an election candidate who likened homosexuality to paedophilia.

Tess Corbett has been preselected for Katter's Australia Party (KAP) in the south-west Victorian seat of Wannon.

Speaking to a local newspaper about Labor's anti-discrimination bill, she said people "should be able to discriminate" in some cases.

"I don't want gays, lesbians or paedophiles to be working in my kindergarten. If you don't like it, go to another kindergarten," she told the Hamilton Spectator.

When asked by the paper whether she considered homosexuals to be in the same category as paedophiles, Ms Corbett replied: "Yes."

"Paedophiles will be next in line to be recognised in the same way as gays and lesbians and get rights."

The Liberal Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan, says Mr Katter should disendorse Ms Corbett.

"I think that Bob Katter definitely needs to seriously consider that," he said.

"The comments deserve to be condemned. I think they're a real test for Bob Katter.

"If he stands by these comments by an endorsed candidate of his party, he deserves outright condemnation as well."

Greens leader Christine Milne says KAP is fostering discrimination.

"Demeaning and abusing and undermining people who are gay, that is completely unacceptable," she said.

"For a long time people have thought of Bob Katter as some kind of joke, the man with the hat. Well, it's no joke."

Labor frontbencher Penny Wong, who is openly gay, says the comments do not reflect the values the vast majority of Australians have.

"I don't think bigotry has a place in our society," Senator Wong told DMG radio in Adelaide.

"The thing that always worries me when I hear these comments is I think about young gay and lesbian Australians, maybe some in country areas, who hear these things from public figures and the message they hear is that they're not OK.

"And I don't think that's a good message for any child to hear.

"To seriously say in today's Australia that someone who is gay is akin to a paedophile is completely offensive."

'Not afraid to say it'

Bernard Gaynor, a Queensland Senate nominee for KAP and the party's former national general secretary, defended Ms Corbett's comments via Twitter:

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KAP has released a statement saying the party "will not be used by people to air and promote their own personal preoccupations".

The party's national director, Aidan McLindon, says the controversy surrounding Ms Corbett's comments is "a storm in a teacup".

He says the party's executive will look into the comments but he believes Ms Corbett has been misquoted.

"I'm not defending what she has or hasn't said, but I haven't seen anywhere her comparing gays and lesbians to paedophiles," he said.

"I certainly don't wish to enter that debate, but I certainly haven't seen it anywhere from her quotes that she's compared them.

"I think what she did say, and this is not defending anything she did or didn't say, but what she did say is that if we start giving minority groups such as gays and lesbians those rights, that would be the next step."


Mr McLindon says he expects the controversy to go away by tomorrow.

"Tomorrow you'll find that an MP from the Labor Party will tweet something to the Liberal Party and vice-versa," he said.

"It'll be a whole new controversy tomorrow.

"You can only do so much from a national director's point of view. That'll be something that we'll discuss in terms of how candidates conduct themselves, in terms of what the party stands for."

Yesterday Mr Katter told Fairfax Media Ms Corbett had made a "stupid statement" that detracts from the hard issues affecting farmers.

"If someone has made some statement like that, I'm bloody sure the party will be making arrangements," he said.

"The party is not interested in that, it never has been, never will be."

The ABC has sought a response from Ms Corbett.


Just google Bob Katter if you want to know more about this Scum bucket and his party.
poetic_pixie_13 24th-Jan-2013 03:57 am (UTC)
"I don't want gays, lesbians or paedophiles to be working in my kindergarten.

executivehpfan 24th-Jan-2013 04:01 am (UTC)
I...don't even have a gif for this. What.
weekendoffender 24th-Jan-2013 04:03 am (UTC)
This story has been all over Triple J today & is making me go rraaahhh!!! If they didn't know before, I think it's obvious to everyone in my office that I'm queer now as I've been ranting & raving all day lol.
lozbabie 24th-Jan-2013 04:08 am (UTC)
Katter you should hire people who know how to read. She was clearly asked if she believed homosexuals were the same as pedophiles. She said yes.

How is that even misquoted?
weekendoffender 24th-Jan-2013 05:02 am (UTC)
Aaaannnndddd Corbett's quit!
hey_mayonegg 24th-Jan-2013 05:04 am (UTC)
"Paedophiles will be next in line to be recognised in the same way as gays and lesbians and get rights."

rhysande 24th-Jan-2013 07:24 am (UTC)
Yes, this.
naomily07 24th-Jan-2013 07:33 am (UTC)
anaralia 24th-Jan-2013 07:42 am (UTC)
You know what this reminded me of, was the argument that if we let gay people marry each other, that soon we'd have people wanting to marry their dogs. I haven't heard that particular bit of stupidity in a long time, come to think of it.
zhiva_the_mage 24th-Jan-2013 08:22 am (UTC)
isn't it what they said about interracial marriages?
corbyinoz 24th-Jan-2013 05:27 am (UTC)
Oh, this is just sad. And medieval. The best teacher I ever met, a colleague at the university where I work, is gay. I would happily, gladly, exultantly ask him to be my child's teacher any day of the week. This woman's comments - and the inability of the douchebag deflecting criticism to understand why both she and he are wrong - are so fundamentally flawed and lacking, not only in kindness and justice, but in logic that it boggles the mind.
littlelauren86 24th-Jan-2013 05:41 am (UTC)
sounds like she's a piece of work.

Edited at 2013-01-24 05:42 am (UTC)
awakejupiter 24th-Jan-2013 07:23 am (UTC)
Katter's Australia Party have no realistic chance of winning any seats in Victoria, or frankly most of Australia.
surreal_angela 24th-Jan-2013 07:38 am (UTC)
You would not believe how much I hope you're right.
zinnia_rose 24th-Jan-2013 08:15 am (UTC)
Am I the only one snickering at the delicious irony of Bernard GAYnor making anti-gay comments?

He still should go fuck himself, though. Corbett too.

lastrega 24th-Jan-2013 08:37 am (UTC)
Both Corbett and Bernard Gaynor (who we roasted on twitter last night - many lulz) have either stood down or been disendorsed from the senate candidacy now. And it's kind of embarrassing that a far-right/libertarian/wtf party has been faster to act on homophobia than the mainstream centre-right opposition party.

Edited at 2013-01-24 08:37 am (UTC)
awakejupiter 24th-Jan-2013 11:05 am (UTC)
Damn. That's a depressingly accurate observation. :(
ginger_maya 24th-Jan-2013 01:01 pm (UTC)
It's bigots like that I don't want to have around my kids - bigots who think that rape of a child is the same as consensual sex between adults - because they're all potential rapists themselves.
ljtaylor 24th-Jan-2013 02:46 pm (UTC)
so sick of this mentality. it is not the first time I have seen it, I've even seen homosexuality compared with bestiality. it's really simple...one is consensual, the other is not.
redstar826 25th-Jan-2013 01:40 am (UTC)
I work with children and I'm working on getting my teaching certification and anyone who has a problem with that can kiss my gay ass
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