Bernardi's 'extreme agenda' attacked
Anthony Albanese has called on the Prime Minister to disassociate himself from Cory Bernardi's latest comments on abortion and 'non-traditional families'.PT2M44S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-30cun 620 349 January 6, 2014
An Australian author might usually be chuffed to receive more than a hundred customer reviews on Amazon within 24 hours of their book's public launch.
Not so, Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi.
Liberal senator Cory Bernardi's book, The Conservative Revolution.
Senator Bernardi's new book, The Conservative Revolution, has quickly been targeted by political detractors offering scathing or ridiculous reviews of a title they clearly haven't read.
And many openly admit that they have no intention of reading the book any time soon.
Amazon allows users to submit reviews of products and give them a rating out of five. Reviewers are not required to have purchased the book to provide feedback.
'Reviewers' have been keen to have their say on Senator Cory Bernardi's latest book. Photo: Dominic Lorrimer
Among the more excoriating of the reviews, Senator Bernardi is pilloried in a one-star review that says the book “made an excellent liner for my bird cage. I love seeing my rainbow parakeets taking a dump on his head”.
Another reviewer, referencing Senator Bernardi's previous comments around bestiality, wrote that “As a dachshund, I can't actually read this book or any other, but I thank Corgi Bernardi from the bottom of my heart for stopping gay marriage”.
With negative reviews still rolling in, The Conservative Revolution has garnered more than 101 one-star ratings - the lowest rating possible - and just a handful of five-star ratings, most of which appear to be sarcastic.
One five-star review mocked the book as “A heartwarming story of love, redemption and sorrow” while another said: “I was beginning to think that there were no wealthy white males left to tell us how we should live our lives and to provide us with a moral standard.”
One defender of Senator Bernardi responded with a five star review of their own, stating: "Like most of these reviewers I haven't read the book so I give you 5 stars for standing by a position that many conservatives are too afraid to stand up for. Let them call you what they want. You are entitled to your say!"
The trolling of the book's Amazon page is the latest in a storm of public outrage in response to the views expressed by Senator Bernardi in the book, in which he describes abortion as a “death industry” and equates “non-traditional families” with “criminality among boys and promiscuity among girls”.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, who is a stepfather, said Senator Bernardi's comments on non-traditional families was offensive.