A CONTROVERSIAL former Katter Australia Party hopeful has supported Tess Corbett, who was ordered by a New South Wales court this week to make a public apology for “vilifying” homosexuals.
Bernard Gaynor — who lost the Queensland senate pre-selection with the party in January for making comments similar to Ms Corbett’s — defended the Lake Bolac woman this week, saying she had simply taken a stance against paedophilia.
Ms Corbett stepped down as the Wannon candidate in January following a public outcry after she likened gays to paedophiles. But she was ordered by the New South Wales equal opportunity division on Tuesday to publish a personal apology in the Sydney Morning Herald within 28 days.
Mr Gaynor, who was also embroiled in controversy after commenting that he didn’t want gay teachers in classrooms, said the ruling “set a dangerous precedent”.
“This decision now opens the door for gay political activists to target any politician who expresses a view that they do not like,” Mr Gaynor said.
“Tess Corbett was a political candidate who was asked to provide her views about proposed changes to anti-discrimination laws. She gave that opinion and now she has been punished for doing so.”
Activist Gary Burns, who issued the action against Ms Corbett, said her comments in the media incited hatred towards the gay community and public figures should be accountable under interstate anti-discrimination laws.
Ms Corbett is believed to have disconnected her phone numbers since the controversy erupted.
She has not commented on the ruling and did not attend court hearings in Sydney.
The Standard has not been able to make contact.
Mr Gaynor took to social media following the court ruling, tweeting, “I stand by my comment that I would not let a homosexual teach my children,” he wrote.