The Christian Democrats’ crazed candidate Peter Madden should count himself lucky if he gets even 20 votes in tomorrow’s New South Wales election – but if we’re not careful, another committed foe of our communities could well rule the upper house.
Anti-gay Bible-thumper Fred Nile says a likely Coalition landslide will make it easier to get his extreme right-wing policies heard, and if the upper house vote is indecisive, smaller parties like his could hold the balance of power – his vote would be a decider on contentious issues.
The 76-year-old’s hatred towards homosexuality is well-documented throughout his long political career. He used to frequently state that being gay was an “immoral and unnatural lifestyle choice” and described Mardi Gras as a “public parade of immorality and blasphemy.” He has also labeled his Green Party rivals as “anti-family.”
His recent capers included an anti-abortion rally this week which attracted a pitiful turnout of less than 20 people, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.
New South Wales votes tomorrow – Saturday March 26.
Get Up!’s video guide to using your vote effectively in the NSW election is shown below.
Meanwhile, all four main candidates running in the Sydney electorate have pledged their support for gay marriage and other LGBT-friendly policies. See Same Same’s interviews with them here.
Sex Party candidate Andrew Patterson has also spoken out in favour of pro-LGBT initiatives, while Christian Democrat Peter Madden would vote against our communities whenever possible, and attempt to block the city’s annual Mardi Gras celebrations.