I wrote earlier about a Facebook reported incident where this happened between a voter and Markus during a door knock :
“She said her Party (Coalition) had a strong clear view on this issue and it would be unlikely she would change her mind,” he said. “I said ‘perhaps I could move to the UK where it’s legal’ and she said ‘perhaps you should move there”.
That voter has now gone to the his local paper, the Hawkesbury Gazette, with the story. It’s also reached the widely read Blue Mountains Gazette in the final week of the campaign. The difficulty for Markus is that due to her links to Hillsong and its reputation will confirm any opinions that Markus herself is homophobic – even if that is not her personal view.
Another difficulty for Markus is that her Facebook page, like many others in this campaign, has flaws in it, especially from her supporters in the area. One such supporter, Matthew Breedon, was named in Markus’ Maiden Speech in Parliament in this way:
This same Matthew Breedon is responsible for these comments, accessed from Markus’ campaign Facebook page by Twitter users @hawkesburyhound and @tiffanythetaxi – views that should have no place in a modern mainstream political party:
It is also accessible via the web version:
As well as this comment to a Labor supporter:
It’s not fair to be, as many would be doing, damning Markus due to the comments of one of her supporters – no political campaigner should be held accountable if their supporters express such views. A difficulty for Markus, however, is that anyone reading the article about her interaction with the gay voter, then going to her Facebook page, can find such material readily. This provides a problem for Markus and her campaign team – especially if the one making the comments has had links to the Liberal Party. There’s only so many generalised leaflets you can send to homes as a campaign strategy and hope it all goes well. Issues like marriage equality are important and require sensitive treatment, especially in a seat like Macquarie. Sometimes in campaigns there are dark undercurrents that leak out. This is one of those occasions.
P.S. I thank Hawkesbury district tweeps @tiffanythetaxi and @hawkesburyhound for the information they supplied about the Facebook page.