CONTROVERSIAL Liberal Party Senator Cory Bernardi has angered many around the country with revelations his new book that contains attacks on everything from same-sex marriage, single mothers and abortion to workplace rights, the Red Cross, and Islam.
Bernardi’s The Conservative Revolution decries the role of “non- traditional” families in promoting “social chaos”, arguing for the primacy of a family model led by a married, heterosexual couple and criticising single-parent families, step-families, and families with children born via surrogacy.
The South Australian senator’s comments have been met with widespread criticism, particularly for his statements calling pro-choice advocates “pro-death”, and abortion services a “death industry”.
Grayndler federal Labor MP Anthony Albanese has called on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to dissociate himself from Bernardi’s views, while Greens Senator Richard Di Natale compared Bernardi’s views to the racist positions of former One Nation leader Pauline Hanson.
Bernardi has also been widely criticised from within the LGBTI community, with Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby co-convener Corey Irlam dismissing his latest attacks as “laughable”.
“Bernadi’s outdated social views have yet again shown his lack of connection to modern Australia,” Irlam told the Star Observer.
“Bernadi’s proposal to move Australia back to a two-class system of families where nuclear families are put on a pedestal and all other forms of loving families are stigmatised and delegitimised is laughable at best, and lacks scientific credibility. It’s unworthy of discussion.”
Meanwhile this morning, reports have emerged that Bernardi was considering taking legal action against fellow Liberal federal MP Warren Entsch after public comments he made on Bernardi’s “gay obsession”.
”He’s obviously got an obsession with people that are gay,” Mr Entsch said.
”It worries me. You’ve really got to watch out for those that have these obsessions. He who protests the loudest …”