Corbett to appeal vilification apology ruling

Tess Corbett, a former candidate for the federal seat of Wannon, could appear in a Sydney court in April to appeal a decision ordering her to apologise for homosexual vilification.  

The Standard understands both sides will meet in New South Wale’s Anti-Discrimination Tribunal on April 30 to argue over case law, jurisdictional issues and freedom of speech. 

Ms Corbett, from Lake Bolac, has been ordered to publicly apologise over comments comparing homosexuals to paedophiles at the beginning of the 2013 federal election while campaign for Katter’s Australian Party. 

Her defence argues the tribunal’s order raises issues over the ability for candidates to express themselves during the election process. 

They hope to avoid a hearing in Sydney by resolving the appeal via legal submissions.

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