The Liberal MP who resigned as Tony Abbott’s Parliamentary Secretary after outrage over his comments likening same-sex marriage with polygamy and bestiality isn’t backing down off his comments and spent yesterday crafting a campaign for his own reinstatement.
Highlighting Cory Bernardi’s “traditional values,” a brand new Support Cory website sprung up overnight, as newswires across the globe catch up with the South Australian Senator’s toxic guff.
“South Australian Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi has just been sacked for daring to speak the truth,” says the site, which is lobbying for him to be reinstated as Abbott’s Parliamentary Secretary, with a petition people can sign.
“Politically correct trendy progressives like Malcolm Turnbull have forced him to resign for having the guts to speak out in favour of Australian values and oppose the homosexual agenda,” the website announces.
“This is an unacceptable disgrace.
“He said nothing wrong, he did nothing wrong, and is now being forced to suffer just because he spoke the truth in defence of marriage.
“If we don’t act now, the militant homosexual lobby will have won. We can’t let a great Australian like Cory Bernardi be silenced for having the courage to speak the truth.”
Some paid advertising of Bernardi’s new campaign has already been seen on Facebook , indicating there’s money being thrown at this.
But it’s no surprise that an online Bernardi-backing campaign has sprung up swiftly. Last year the Senator used his links with conservative organisations to produce up to twelve anti-government, anti-carbon tax campaign websites – made to look like a ‘grassroots’ upraising against Labor’s finance policies. The Sydney Morning Herald unspun Bernardi’s ‘tangled web’ of campaigns last October.
Meanwhile, the Liberal Party’s political cousins in Britain have quickly distanced themselves from Bernardi’s comments in Parliament.
The disgraced Aussie MP is due to fly to London soon to attend the European Young Conservative Freedom Summit in Oxford this weekend.
This prompted Britain’s Conservative Party HQ to get questions on Bernardi’s appearance there after his comments here about gay relationships.
The Tories replied: “We strongly condemn Mr Bernardi’s comments which don’t reflect [British Prime Minister] David Cameron’s or the Conservative party’s viewpoint in any way.”
Conservatives are now being encouraged to cancel Bernardi’s speaking date with the youth summit.
Catch up with yesterday’s dramatic events in Parliament on the ABC News video below.