A vile, homophobic rant by Australia’s new deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack has resurfaced as the public questions whether he is the right person for the job.
The rant was written while McCormack was the editor of The Daily Advertiser in the 1990s.
In his column, McCormack called homosexuality “unnatural”, “sordid” and accused homosexuals of spreading the AIDS that will “wipe out humanity”.
This is not the first time McCormack’s homophobic slurs have resurfaced. They were outed last August in the run-up to the postal plebiscite.
McCormack distanced himself from the rant back in 2010 when he was asked to clarify his position on homosexuality.
“I apologised for it – I have moved on from it and as far as I’m concerned, that’s the end of it,” he told The Daily Advertiser.
He also voted in favour of same-sex marriage after 54.6% of his electorate of Riverina indicated they supported the change.
47,333 people (54.6%) within the electorate of #Riverina have returned a yes response to the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. As the Member of Parliament representing the people within the electorate of Riverina – I will be respecting and voting in support of this result.
— Michael McCormack MP (@M_McCormackMP) November 15, 2017
Hate speech is never a good idea for a variety of reasons, and if you are a public figure these things have a way of coming back for all eternity.
McCormack became the Nationals leader following the resignation of disgraced “secret Kiwi” Barnaby Joyce.
Being a Kiwi isn’t so bad, but Joyce’s other secrets include wasting taxpayer money, giving a staffer an unnecessary promotion and then getting her preggers.
On last night’s Q&A, the panel debated whether or not McCormack should be forgiven for his sins.
“I can forgive for those remarks if he’s withdrawn them and stepped away from them,” said panellist Catherine McGregor, a freelance writer and transgender woman. “I wouldn’t like to be reminded of everything I said or did 25-30 years ago.”
ABC News reports that McCormack is also facing scrutiny for his failure to declare income from a Melbourne property he owns. That non-disclosure could constitute a breach of ministerial standards.
That’s shocking – they have standards?
Scandals, homophobia, taxpayer money out the window. Yes, it is just another regular day in #auspol.