01 March 2012

Published Letter: Peter Watson

Readers might be aware of recent events surrounding the disendorsement of Labor candidate Peter Watson.

For those who are not, see this background item:

The following letter by Stanthorpe resident Jay Nauss was published in The Stanthorpe Border Post on 28 February and demonstrates that it is always worthwhile making the effort to "be heard".

The letter follows:

Peter Watson hit the political BIG time when he got the sack as the ALP candidate for Southern Downs. And to boot he was kicked out of the ALP.

His crime was stating on Facebook, about five years ago, that he disapproved of homosexuals and linked them to pedophilia. Anyone who criticizes “gays” and their life style will face scandalous persecution. There are some things in this country that one must never question and the “gay” life style is one of them. When it comes to free speech on this issue, it doesn’t exist.

Interestingly, sitting member Springborg waded into the debate and backed up Anna in her scathing attack on young Watson. What ever happened to: “I may not agree with what you say but I will defend your right to say it.”

Once again the LNP and ALP have demonstrated that they are operating on the same side of the fence.

The young Watson will have to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune for speaking his mind in an otherwise politically correct world.

Jay Nauss

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