The gay half-brother of the leader of Katter’s Australia Part has joined forces with campaign group Get Up to record his own pro marriage equality PSA after his half-brother released a political advert insinuating gay marriage is “anti-family.”
Carl Katter, half-brother of Bob Katter, appears in the Get UP ad saying: “When I saw my half-brother’s homophobic campaign ad my thoughts went straight to the young Australians who will see this on TV, telling them that they don’t belong, that they are somehow inferior. It’s not ok for our politicians to get away with hatred and bigotry. They call themselves the Austraila Party, but Australians and Queenslanders deserve better than this.”
Watch the response ad below:
The original ad by the right wing Katter’s Australian Party, has sparked a backlash and widespread criticism for attempting to capitalize on anti-gay marriage sentiment in order to attack the leader of the social conservative Liberal National Party (LNP) Campbell Newman. The LNP leader is currently campaigning to be premier in Queensland.
Despite Newman telling religious conservatives and fellow party members that he would vote with the LNP to once again make civil unions illegal, Newman has said he supports gay marriage. The original ad questions this, asking ‘How well do you really know Campbell Newman? Do you think he’ll stand up for your family values?’
Carl Katter took to Twitter to decry the advert shortly after the ad’s release, saying that it was “using the politics of fear and hate.”
In related news, the ABC presenter who provided the voice-over for the ad has found her job is now on the line.
Suzanne McGill, who is a casual weekend presenter for regional local radio in Western Australia, has been restricted from presenting until an ABC investigation is completed, with an ABC spokesperson telling the press that she ”did not seek nor obtain permission for external voiceover work as required in accordance with ABC policies.”
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