CHRISTIAN Party candidate Therese Corbett says she was not given a fair chance to put her views across at the Wannon election forum on Wednesday night.
Ms Corbett said she tried to address local issues, but she wasn’t as experienced as the other speakers.
“The Sex Party and the Greens are very aggressive,” Ms Corbett said.
“Most of the time I felt like going to sleep.”
She called The Standard office yesterday to complain about an article which stated that she was kicked out of the Katter Australia Party after comparing gay and lesbians with paedophiles.
“I was very unimpressed. I wasn’t kicked out of the Katter party. I resigned in April to join the Christian party,” she said.
“The Katter party didn’t want me to stand down as a candidate.”
Mr Katter told Fairfax Media in January that Ms Corbett had made a “stupid statement” that detracted 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.”
He later told ABC Radio that “a lady in Victoria, a very lovely lady, I must emphasise, has withdrawn her application to run for the party.”
Ms Corbett said it was obvious Greens candidate Tim Emanuelle had several rows of supporters sitting in the front at the forum who clapped every time he made a point.
“I don’t have family or supporters in Warrnambool,” she said.
“I had two people I brought along . . .
“People came up to support me afterwards.”
Asked who she thought was the most impressive on the night, Ms Corbett said she thought Mr Emanuelle was “good”.
“He held his own very well, but he also needs to know who his leader is,” she said.
“There are issues with leadership wanting to bring in a lot of things that are very unsavoury.
“You know they call them (the Greens) watermelons — green on the outside and red on the inside.”
Ms Corbett came under fire at the forum after being invited to outline her views on same-sex marriage.
“I don’t think it’s an important issue for Parliament,” Ms Corbett said.
“I want to promote families and children and safety for them and I think it’s an issue that families shouldn’t be brought up in these relationships.
“It’s quite detrimental because it’s not a natural or healthy upbringing for a child.
“The children don’t seem to have much of a say in this, do they?
“We’re supporting people and children and babies that don’t have a voice.
“We’re there to give a voice to them.”
Sex Party candidate Chris Johnson said studies showed children with homosexual parents actually had better outcomes.
“They do better in schools, they get better jobs, they end up in higher paying jobs,” he said.
“If you don’t think a body is an important issue for Parliament, I think you’re deluded.”
Ms Corbett: “I think the delusion is with reprobate minds — they don’t understand that they can’t make informed decisions.”
Mr Johnson: “Sorry, who are you saying has reprobate minds?”
Ms Corbett: “Reprobate means void of morale judgment . . . I have no problem that people have this, but to enforce it on the general public is outrageous.”
Mr Emanuelle drew strong audience applause after launching a passionate attack on the Christian candidate.
“As a same-sex attracted person who is a youth worker, I find that one of the most detestable things I’ve ever heard,” Mr Emanuelle said.
“When you say things like that, it has a real impact in the community.
“Young kids in regional areas are seven times more likely to commit suicide than their heterosexual peers and comments like that have a direct impact on mental health.”
Ms Corbett made a garbled attempt to clarify her remarks, which received gasps of disbelief from the crowd.
“I was saying they do practice the same sexual activity, that was the only category,” she said.