A GAY rights campaigner has lodged a vilification complaint over comments made by a former candidate of Bob Katter's party.Victorian Tess Corbett withdrew her candidacy to run for Katter's Australian Party in the 2013 federal election after her local paper quoted her as saying pedophiles would be "next in line" to demand recognition if equal rights were extended to gay and lesbian people.
Sydney-based anti-discrimination campaigner Gary Burns said he lodged a complaint with the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board last Thursday, naming Ms Corbett and KAP as respondents.
The ADB would not comment on complaints lodged with it but a letter sent to Mr Burns by the ADB and obtained by AAP says the president of the board "has decided to accept your complaint of homosexual vilification against Tess Corbett and the Australian Katter Party for investigation".
The comments were made on January 22.
Mr Burns today said Mr Katter had a responsibility to publicly condemn Ms Corbett's comments and his party needed to adopt policies that promoted tolerance and diversity.
"I want him to get on TV, stop acting like a silly Mr Magoo and repudiate those comments," he said.
Mr Burns alleges Ms Corbett's comments incite hatred and could expose gay and lesbian Australians to violence.
"If there is a political group endorsing candidates, and they are suggesting that . . . male and female homosexuality is equivalent to pedophilia, that is dangerous," he said.
Ms Corbett will not run for KAP and the Queensland-based party has since warned candidates against using the party to air their personal "preoccupations".