MP David Leyonhjelm under fire for asking job applicant if he was gay

MP David Leyonhjelm under fire for asking job applicant if he was gay

LAST UPDATED // Monday, 19 May 2014 10:28 Written by // Cec Busby

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.”


Cec Busby

Cec Busby

Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and

Comments (1)

  • Michael

    19 May 2014 at 20:55 |
    Good on you David. You try and have a broad and diverse office by saying that a gay staffer will add valuable life experience and the homophobic media attack you.

    You will be the #1 pro-gay/pro-freedom senator come 1 July.

    I agree, why would anyone (gay or straight) want to get marriage. As many great comedians have said "We should let gay people get married. They have the right to be as miserable as the rest of us"


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