AT LEAST three parties have awarded controversial Wannon candidate Therese Corbett last place on their how to vote cards over her comments that gays and paedophiles both practise the “same sexual activity”.
Ms Corbett, whose name appears at the top of the ballot paper, has been preferenced in seventh — and final — spot by the ALP, the Greens and the Australian Sex Party.
Family First has given the Australian Christians’ candidate its second preference, while incumbent Liberal Dan Tehan has her listed in fourth place.
The Palmer United Party is yet to reveal its preferences.
Ms Corbett has reciprocated Family First, giving its candidate her second preference. She has placed the Sex Party last. The Australian Christians recommend its supporters “put the Greens, and those that share their views, last on our suggested how to vote cards due to their strong anti-Christian and anti-democratic stance on many issues”.
Family First state secretary Darren Buller told The Standard his party had organised a preference swap with the Australian Christians as part of a statewide deal.
He said Family First was not aware of Ms Corbett’s outspoken views. When told, he described them as “just silly”.
“We don’t subscribe to that,” Mr Buller said. “That’s a matter for the head office of Australian Christians.”
Ms Corbett originally promoted herself as a Katter Party candidate in January, but became embroiled in controversy when she proclaimed that paedophiles would be next in line to be recognised and get rights in the same way as gays and lesbians.
In an interview on ABC south-west radio on Friday morning, the 65-year-old said she voluntarily stood down from the party in April: “Not that I actually stood up for being a candidate because I didn’t even know I’d been made a candidate at the time. The party didn’t want me to, but I said, ‘no’ just for the sake of it.”
“I only resigned when the Australian Christians wanted me on board.”
She told presenter Jeremy Lee the only link she saw between homosexuals and paedophiles was in the duty of care for children.
“Not all organisations are protective of children ...When it comes down to issues of who’s allowed to work in the kindergarten you can’t discriminate,” Ms Corbett said. “You’ve got a duty of care to the children, but the children are the ones being left out of it.”
Lee asked her about how her comments embraced the Christian value of inclusiveness.
“People come from all walks of life in the secular world out there,” Ms Corbett said. “They’ve got a right to their own free will, they’ve got a free will to do whatever, but when it comes to imposing their lifestyle or ideology on someone else, especially children ... they need to have some protection there.”
Lee: “Do you feel adequately prepared to take up the job?”
Ms Corbett: “I’ve got a pretty thick skin I suppose, and I’ve been in real estate, so they’re pretty well people who do get lots of bad publicity, don’t they? I haven’t been a car salesman though, salesperson. Is that right or should I say saleswoman?”