Liberal Candidate Peter Killin resigns over anti-gay comments

Former Liberal election candidate Peter Killin has quit after it was revealed he posted online comments encouraging Christians to “infiltrate” the Liberal party in order to drive out gay members.

It comes just hours after another Liberal candidate, Jeremy Hearn, resigned amidst the revelation of an anti-Muslim rant from 2018.

His comments, made on a conservative blog site following the landslide Liberal defeat in Victoria, urged Christian Liberals to join the party and change it from within in order to alienate and drive out gay members. He said that to “change the party from within” that Christians needed to “1. Infiltrate 2. Influence 3. Impel. Pray and Do,”

In the same thread, Mr Killin goes on to attack openly gay Liberal MP Tim Wilson who narrowly won the pre-selection vote in a pool of 400 candidates by a single vote. He wrote that “if you and I were there to participate in the preselection = no homosexual MP”.

Speaking on the issue, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that Tim Wilson is “an outstanding member of parliament” and that this presented the Liberal party with considerations for its vetting process.

Christian Woods
Christian Woods
Christian is a morning reporter and technology columnist for Best in Australia. Christian has worked in the media since 2000, in a range of locations. He joined Best in Australia in 2018, and began working in Melbourne in 2019.
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