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Dear ALP and Liberal Party supporters

January 25, 2013

Dear ALP and Liberal Party supporters,

It’s been interesting to watch the reaction to the comments of the Katter Australian Party candidates. It seems we all condemn the statements of Tess Corbett and Bernard Gaynor.

“I don’t want gays, lesbians or paedophiles to be working in my kindergarten. If you don’t like it, go to another kindergarten.”
– Tess Corbett

“I wouldn’t let a gay person teach my children and I am not afraid to say it.”
– Bernard Gaynor

They are bigoted comments. Reprehensible. They should be condemned and have been widely.

However it seems most of the ALP and Liberal supporters active on social media are missing the obvious and have forgotten the context of these comments.

The KAP Candidates’ comments support the ALP and Liberal Party policies to allow exemptions for religious organisations from the existing and proposed anti-discrimination laws.

ALP and Liberal Party supporters should be equally critical of their own party for supporting these exemptions. Many of the organisations that will enjoy exemptions receive taxpayer dollars to provide services and will be able to discriminate in the provision of services and the employment of staff.

Some ALP and Liberal Party supporters have been vocal in opposing these proposed exemptions but it’s not good enough. It’s time for all the ALP and Liberal Party supporters who abhor the bigoted and discriminatory comments of the KAP Candidates to stand up and be heard in their own parties, so that these laws do not allow government endorsed discrimination.

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