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Gaynor to fight suspension over gay jibe

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Disendorsed Senate nominee Bernard Gaynor plans to fight suspension from Bob Katter's Australian Party and insists its leadership shares his controversial views about gay teachers.

Mr Gaynor was suspended by KAP on Thursday after saying he wouldn't let gay teachers educate his children.

He courted further controversy on Friday by supporting comments made by western Sydney KAP candidate Jamie Cavanough, who said he won't buy halal meat because the proceeds go to Muslims.

In a statement on Friday, Mr Gaynor said he was disappointed to have been suspended from the party "for stating an opinion that the party leadership personally supported".

He added: "The last time I spoke to Bob Katter he commended my moral courage."

Mr Gaynor, an Iraq war veteran, was the KAP's Queensland Senate nominee but his suspension means the candidacy is terminated.

Mr Cavanough issued a sometimes muddled statement apologising for offence caused by his comments about halal meat.

He denied being racist and made the bizarre claim that his campaign for the seat of Greenway would not be focused on "social and moral issues".

"I Jamie Cavanough in no capacity accept the fact that I am racist," he said.

"I sincerely apologise if my posts offended anyone.

"... My campaign will not nor will ever be focused on social and moral issues."

KAP national director Aidan McLindon tried to defuse the situation by comparing the choice of halal and non-halal meat to consumer preference of peanut butters.

"Some Australians want crunchy peanut butter, others want smooth peanut butter," he said in a statement.

"Some Australians want halal meat and some want non-halal meat - these are just some of the great freedoms we enjoy in this country."

A third KAP candidate, Tess Corbett, has withdrawn her candidacy after telling Victoria's Hamilton Spectator newspaper that she didn't believe gay people should have the same rights as heterosexuals.

Ms Corbett was due to contest the Victorian Liberal-held federal seat of Wannon.

Mr Katter defended his party on Thursday night during an interview with the Ten Network.

"The party will not tolerate people, using our good name, to promote their own personal preoccupations and predilections."

AAP

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