MP David Leyonhjelm under fire for asking job applicant if he was gay
Senator-elect David Leyonhjelm has come under scrutiny after a prospective employee revealed the MP has asked him a series of personal questions, including whether he was gay.
The applicant was applying for a role as a media advisor for Leyonhjelm’s office and was interviewed for the position by Leyonhjelm on May 7.
Leyonhjelm is said to have asked the applicant a series of peculiar questions, including whether he was married, gay or had ever voted for the Greens.
Approached by the Daily Tellegraph as to whether the interviewees claims were true, Leyonhjelm confirmed he had asked the questions, but did not see them as invasive or discriminatory.
He told the Daily Telegraph: “Bullshit. The reason I asked if he was gay was that I thought it might be good to have a gay media adviser as we have so many gay supporters,” Mr Leyonhjelm said. “I was just trying to relax him.”
Leyonhjelm said he had no problem with gay people and he didn’t think it should be an issue if her were to ask someone their sexuality.
“F... that. I will ask whoever I want if they are gay,’’ Leyonhjelm told the Daily Telegraph..
“But we don’t have a problem with gay people. No, what I said was I couldn’t understand why gay people were so in favour of getting married.
“I don’t think much about marriage for heterosexual people, so I don’t know why gay people want to do it.”