Victorian Liberal candidate Peter Killin has resigned over making anti-LGBTI comments and endorsing an attack on Liberal colleague Tim Wilson.
In December, Killin commented on a post by American-born far-right Christian blogger Bill Muehlenberg, who is also a former secretary of the Family Council of Victoria, The Age reported.
Killin responded to a comment calling for the party’s right to “remove preselection from that notorious homosexual Tim Wilson”, writing that the commenter’s “observations about Mr T Wilson, federal member for Goldstein are most pertinent at this point.”
“Many of us will recall he was the openly homosexual who proposed to his boyfriend in parliment [sic],” Killin wrote.
On the same post, Killin described euthanasia, abortion and “gender ideologies” as “evil”.
“My suggestion is to change a party from within: 1. Infiltrate 2. Influence 3. Impel. Pray and Do,” Killin wrote.
Killin also made a public submission to the Ruddock review into religious freedoms, in which he wrote that the “dangers and health risks” of homosexuality are “a statement of fact”.
He also cited the Australian Christian Lobby in decrying a “sick ideology” that would see LGBTI-inclusive education become the norm.
Wilson responded by saying he would “turn the other cheek and leave judgment to others.”
“I’ve been absolutely consistent from preselection to election to seeking re-election that I’m a forward-looking, modern Liberal proudly representing a forward-looking modern liberal community and that won’t change,” Wilson said.
Killin was due to contest the seat of Wills, which is currently by Labor MP Peter Khalil, but was not the first candidate to be preselected for a tilt at the electorate.
The automative industry worker was chosen to replace the original candidate, who was dumped due to concerns over her eligibility to sit in parliament under Section 44, which has seen a raft of MPs forced to resign over their citizenship.
“For the Liberal Party in this day and age when there is social media, multiple posting, that represents new challenges in the vetting of candidates,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said of Killin’s resignation.
“This is something I will be expecting the party to be working on and improving their processes.”
Greens candidate for Wills Adam Pulford wrote on Twitter that he was alarmed by Killin’s comments, having spent the day standing next to him at pre-polling.
“I’ve been standing next to Peter Killin at pre-poll today. It’s strange to think he harbours so much hatred to me, just because of who I am,” he said.
“Peter Killin wants to keep people like me out of Parliament, because of my sexuality. I want to keep people like Peter Killin out of Parliament, because people like him seek public office to spread hate about people like me.”
I grew up closeted in a conservative church & community. I know what it’s like to feel different, like I’m wrong & don’t belong. It took me years to come out. It’s hatred like that pushed by Liberal Peter Killin that makes it harder for young people to be proud of who they are
— Adam Pulford (@adampulford) May 1, 2019
Earlier this week another Liberal candidate in Victoria, Gurpal Singh, was forced to apologise for past comments calling marriage equality “against nature” and “an issue of paedophilia”.
Another Liberal candidate was dumped by the party today over a vehement anti-Muslim rant.
Singh has not resigned or been removed from preselection by the Liberal Party.