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Katter's candidate in gay controversy

Bob Katter's new Australian Party's foray into Victoria for the federal election has hit controversy with a candidate likening gays and lesbians to paedophiles. Tess Corbett, from Lake Bolac, is challenging Liberal MP Dan Tehan for the seat of Wannon. In an interview with the Hamilton Spectator, Ms Corbett said she considered gay people to be in the same category as paedophiles. ''Paedophiles will be next in line to be recognised in the same way as gays and lesbians and get rights,'' she said. ''I don't want gays, lesbians to be working in my kindergarten. If you don't like it, go to another kindergarten.'' Mr Katter was asked on Wednesday about Ms Corbett's comments and said he didn't ''talk about those things''.

Richard Willingham