REMARKS in new book The Conservative Revolution by South Australian Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi attacking “non-traditional” families and same-sex parents continue to draw in his Liberal party colleagues, while Democratic Labor Party Senator John Madigan has stepped forward to defend the remarks as brave.
Madigan, who last month made moves to investigate a referendum on same-sex marriage, has publicly applauded Bernardi’s comments, affirming the DLP’s positions in support of “traditional marriage” and against abortion.
Madigan said the criticisms faced by Bernardi represented “an element that does not believe in freedom of expression”.
An outspoken supporter of LGBTI issues including marriage equality, Liberal Senator Sue Boyce earlier this week accused Bernardi of lacking compassion and “genuine Christianity” in launching his attacks.
Boyce compared Bernardi’s views on same-sex relationships and abortion to those held by conservative Muslims, a group also singled out for criticism in the controversial book, Fairfax Media reported.
She also said while Bernardi was entitled to his views, they were not representative of a majority within the Liberal Party.
Boyce’s remarks follow similar criticisms by another occasional LGBTI ally within the party, MP Warren Entsch.
“He’s obviously got an obsession with people that are gay … It worries me. You’ve really got to watch out for those that have these obsessions. He who protests the loudest…” Entsch told Fairfax Media.
Bernardi is reportedly seeking legal advice over Entsch’s comments.