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Australia’s New Deputy Prime Minister Has A Deeply Homophobic Past

Australia's new Deputy Prime Minister has a deeply homophobic past

On Monday, Australia's new Deputy Prime Minister, Michael McCormack, was voted in amid deep concerns about his homophobic past.

Last week, Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the National Party, Barnaby Joyce, was forced to resign. It turned out that the defender of traditional family values, who deeply opposed same-sex marriage, had been having an affair with a much younger staffer, impregnated her and left his devastated wife of 24 years. Then it was revealed that the National Party had received a formal complaint of sexual harassment against Joyce, made by another woman.

So, on Monday, Joyce was replaced by 53 year old Michael McCormack. In 1993, as editor of Wagga Wagga’s Daily Advertiser, McCormack wrote a newspaper column in which he expressed his deep and profound homophobia. The column was titled 'Sordid Homophobia - It's Becoming More Entrenched'.

Dear readers,

A week never goes by anymore that homosexuals and their sordid behaviour don’t become further entrenched in society.

Unfortunately gays are here and, if the disease their unnatural acts helped spread doesn’t wipe out humanity, they’re here to stay.

On Monday hundreds of thousands of homosexuals marched through Washington in a demonstration intended to show their demands for equal rights and an end to discrimination should no longer be ignored or denied.

How can these people call for rights when they’re responsible for the greatest medical dilemma known to man – Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome?

AIDS shows no discrimination.

It claims thousands upon thousands of innocent people’s lives every year.

On the very night of the homosexuals’ march that pompous critic Stuart Littlemore on Media Watch on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation had the gall to criticise various newspaper editors across Australia for “gay bashing”.

He ridiculed them for showing some moral backbone and condemning homosexuality.

It’s just as well some newspapers are speaking up and acting as watchdogs on moral issues. If it was left up to the likes of Littlemore, heaven knows some of the all-embracing attitudes society would be told it was OK to accept.”

Excerpt from Michael McCormack's anti-LGBT column in 1993, when he was editor of the Waga Waga Daily Advertiser.

McCormack later apologised for the column on behalf of the newspaper, in an interview with the ABC and again in August last year, ahead of the same-sex marriage postal survey.

"I have grown and learnt not only to tolerate but to accept all people, regardless of their sexual orientation, or any other trait or feature which makes each of us different and unique," he said in the statement.

"I apologised wholeheartedly for the comments at the time and many times since, but I am making this statement to unreservedly apologise again today."

At the time of the August apology, McCormack was responsible for the Australian Bureau Of Statistics, which was running the same-sex marriage postal survey. Openly gay Greens campaign manager, Ray Goodlass, criticised McCormack’s involvement with the postal survey and was highly sceptical of the apology.

"It does strike me as odd -it is a complete reversal," Mr Goodlass said.

"It makes me a little bit sceptical as to how genuine his apologies could be.”

“Even if it was genuine, is saying sorry enough?”

After 54.6% of voters in his electorate said yes to marriage equality in the survey, McCormack chose to respect the result and support marriage equality in the free parliamentary vote that bought marriage equality to Australia.

LGBTI rights campaigner Rodney Croome said on Sunday that the LGBTI community is “justifiably concerned" about McCormack’s new role as Deputy Prime Minister.

"The apologies Mr McCormack made in the past are welcome but given the hatefulness of what he said, and the high office he may step in to, he needs to walk the talk.”

"He needs to get behind initiatives that will reduce the unacceptably high levels of LGBTI isolation, prejudice and suicide that still exist in some parts of rural Australia.”

"He needs to heal the wounds caused by the kind of prejudices he publicly expressed in the past."

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