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Katter candidates make homophobic slurs

Posted by: 3AW NEWS and Michael James | 24 January, 2013 - 8:54 AM
Bernard Gaynor

IMAGE: National Party candidate Bernard Gaynor 

Queensland Federal MP Bob Katter is under fire after two candidates from his Australian Party made homophobic slurs.

Victorian candidate Tess Corbett stepped down from candidacy Thursday afternoon after saying she wanted gay people banned from teaching in kindergartens just like pedophiles.

Meanwhile, Queensland Senate nominee Bernard Gaynor has been suspended after using Twitter to claim he wouldn't want a gay person to teach his children.

"I would not let a gay person teach my child and really what we are talking about here is the right of a parent to have discretion over who teaches their children," Gaynor told Justin Smith.

"It is a very big responsibility to educate a child, and anyone who thinks that a parent should not have the right to choose who teaches their child I think is entering into very dangerous territory."

In an interesting twist, a caller claiming to be Mr. Gaynor's Aunt told Justin Smith she has a daughter who is both gay and a teacher.

"Now I wasn't going to call but I have been thinking that he has made such offensive and outrageous comments that I couldn't let this opportunity go by considering that he is actually my nephew."

"I haven't seen Bernie since he was quite young, but I think if you are going to come out with comments that are this offensive and outrageous, you are going to have to cop the flack that is going to come back," she said.

LISTEN HERE: Caller 'Mary' speaks with Justin Smith

LISTEN HERE: Bernard Gaynor speaks with Justin Smith

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Blog comments Your Say

  • Was this a publicity stunt ?
    To what end ?
    The world around these people has changed dramatically -
    And guess what, they have not noticed.
    Too busy I suppose.
    In the political arena one needs to be alert & aware. It's not good enough to say "oh I was to busy & I did not notice" OR "I live in the past"
    Australia need politicians of tomorrow for tomorrow to lead this nation to success.
    New Blood !

    R Davis Thursday 31 January, 2013 - 6:22 PM
  • Caz:
    Relax you and Mylene are allowed to be "ignorant and tunnel visioned"

    Milton Tuesday 29 January, 2013 - 6:53 PM
  • I don't think it is appropriate for a Mr Humphries type of person prancing around the classroom saying, Ã?'m free" in front of our children, what benefit is that to kids?

    Enoch Powell Monday 28 January, 2013 - 5:20 PM
  • And so here we go again, When are scientific specialist in this field going to come out, exuse the pun,and educate people once and for all about chromosones. Because there are, unfortunately, quite a few dumb bastards out there who dont understand why some of us are straight and some of us are gay.

    leemob Monday 28 January, 2013 - 2:26 PM
  • If you can't stand the heat go back to your closet mylene>!

    Steve Monday 28 January, 2013 - 12:16 PM
  • @Jonesy. I resemble that remark :p

    mylene Monday 28 January, 2013 - 11:15 AM

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