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Brother of Australian Gay Marriage Foe Records Pro Gay PSA

Brother of Australian Gay Marriage Foe Records Pro Gay PSA

 

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.”

You can read more on the controversy surrounding the ad here.

 

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1:06AM PDT on Mar 16, 2012

It's all about Equality.. Carl and Get Up I hope you win this one.

5:03PM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

anything that destroys the family is anti family and supporting gay marriage supports the alternative family

4:53PM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

That was powerful, Carl Katter! Thank you.

4:29PM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

This is just one aspect of the vilest election campaign I have even been unfortunte enough to have to participate in, through having to cast a vote. Voting is compulsory in this country. My electorate of Ashgrove is the hottest seat in the whole State, pitting the hopeful Premier-to-be Campbell Newman against an incumbant Labor member who was the former Environment Minister and responsible for approving the coal seam gas issue that is causing huge grief for our people on the land. The Ashgrove campaign has been particularly vidictive and to my mind brings shame on all politicians. Karl Katter's half brother Bob is a politician of long standing who has this year begun his own political party. His add, which was meant to vilify Campbell Newman, has backfired somewhat and serve him right.

2:17PM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

A temperate and reasoned message that may get its opponents chewing the carpet.

11:22AM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

Good for him.

9:20AM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

Way to go Carl !

8:24AM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

Who cares.Let same gender people get married.Has nothing to do with our own beliefs.Live,and let live.

4:40AM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

Good for him.

4:39AM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

Celebrate diversity!

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