Friday, 16 March 2012

Queensland unions ditch MP Bob Katter after anti-gay advertisement

MAVERICK federal MP Bob Katter has lost the support of unions representing hundreds of thousands of workers after broadcasting a political ad branded "homophobic" and "grubby".
With just a week to go until the Queensland state election, the Queensland Council of Unions (QCU) this morning withdrew its support for Katter's Australian Party over its stance against same-sex civil unions.
Last Sunday night the political party, founded by Mr Katter, launched an advertisement that targeted Queensland Liberal National Party leader Campbell Newman over his support for gay marriage
The ad was slammed by gay rights activists and all sides of politics – but none were more vocal than Mr Katter's gay half-brother Carl, who condemned the ad as "homophobic", "unchristian", "pathetic" and "grubby".
Carl said Katter’s Australian Party was a “rabble of bigots", and said he was worried about the “hate that is incited by such ads".
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