AME calls on Rudd and Abbott to condemn gay hate election flyers
If you live in the electorates of Moreton, Brisbane, Blaxland, Petrie or Ballarat, chances are you may have received a letterbox drop of an extremely hateful election flyer calling on you to vote against candidates who support marriage equality.
The double-sided flyer features a tearful toddler asking for their mummy and daddy on one page while the other proclaims voting for same-sex marriage means same-sex education will take place in kindergarten.
The flyers have been targeting Liberal and Labor candidates who have been seen to support marriage equality.
While it is claimed they are the work of private citizens, it has been uncovered the address listed on the flyer for the Moreton electorate of Labor MP Graham Perrett is that of the Queensland office of the National Civic Council – a group affiliated with the far right Australian Family Association.
Australian Marriage Equality (AME) advocates have condemned the flyers for hate speech. AME national director Rodney Croome says, "These flyers use objectionable images of children and false information from the US to stir up fear and hate against marriage equality and those Liberal, Labor and Independent candidates who support it.
"The flyers will have a particularly harmful impact on young gay people coming to terms with their sexuality and on the children being raised by same-sex couples."
Croome goes on to proclaim the campaign as hate mongering and calls on the leaders of both parties to censure the distributors of the flyer.
"This hateful fear-mongering against candidates on both sides of politics has no place in the Australian election campaign and we call on Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott to condemn it."
Croome also belives the campaign is well funded and well co-ordinated and calls on whaterver organisation is behind the leaflet to step forward. AME has been doing some leafleting of their own since the election was announced producing flyers in support of marriage equality and asking voters to consider the position of the various candidates.
"In contrast to the stock images and false information from the hate flyers, our flyers featured real local people with real stories, and urged candidates to support marriage equality rather than condemning them for their stance,” says Croome.