‘Wannon Bid: Tess Throws her KAP in the ring ‘
January 22, 2013
GAY and lesbian marriage and foreign ownership of Aussie soil are at the top of the hit list for Wannon’s newest Federal candidate.
Tess Corbett of Lake Bolac will challenge sitting Wannon MP, Dan Tehan, at this year’s Federal election after winning
nomination for Katter’s Australia Party.
It will be the first time the new federal party, founded in 2011 by Independent MP, Bob Katter, has been represented in the Wannon electorate.
Mr Katter, whose electorate is in Queensland, is a social and economic conservative who quit the National Party after he concluded that mainstream politicians had betrayed farming communities.
The main influences on Mr Katter’s politics include the concept of economic protection for key industries and he has lobbied to stop the sale of state assets and to promote import tariffs.
Mr Katter has a reputation for being outspoken and has been labelled a ‘maverick’ and ‘idiosyncratic’ by News Limited newspapers and given the nickname ‘Mad Katter’ by the Brisbane Times.
Mrs Corbett was nominated as the KAP candidate for Wannon at the party’s Victorian state conference in Bendigo this week.
Mrs Corbett joined the KAP soon after it was founded and is contesting an election for the first time.
She has previously worked as a photographic processor, a real estate agent and a community services manager.
Mrs Corbett said she would uphold the same policies as the KAP when they were applicable to Victoria and as they were adapted to an Australia-wide platform.
Many of the policies published on the KAP website appear to have been lifted directly from Mr Katter’s political manifesto for representing his Queensland constituents.
Mrs Corbett’s views are very much in step with Mr Katter’s, including his opposition to gay marriage, which promoted
accusations of homophobia when he used it as a political issue in a Queensland election.
Mrs Corbett told The Spectator that her election campaign would centre on helping farmers.
“Politicians have really let down the heart of this country, our farmers,” she said.
“Farmers hold towns like Hamilton together and provide the foundation of the economy.”
Mrs Corbett said she was very concerned about foreign companies buying farms and she would prefer them to be minority share investors, rather than outright owners.
“We’re just saying to foreign companies ‘here, go on, take it all’,” she said.
“Australia will have to import food as it all gets shipped overseas and we don’t get
the profit either, as the farms are owned by foreign interests.
“If we sell all out assets, we’ll have no revenue and it will be taxpayers who will make up the difference.”
Mrs Corbett described Wannon MP, Dan Tehan’s efforts to reform the Foreign Investment Review Board as ‘not pro-active enough’.
She also pledged to support a repeal of the carbon tax, describing it as “stupid”.
When the topic of the Labor Government’s controversial Anti-Discrimination Bill was raised, Mrs Corbett said she was opposed to some parts of it.
“It shouldn’t be illegal to offend people, because everyone would be jailed,” she said.
“You should be able to speak your mind andhold an opinion. Telling somebody about your political views isn’t the same as taking a swing at them.”
Other parts of the Bill were more to her liking, including the employment discrimination exemption for churches and religions organisations.
“You should be able to discriminate,” she said.
“I don’t want gays, lesbians or paedophiles to be working in my kindergarten.
“If you don’t like it, go to another kindergarten.”
When asked if she considered homosexuals to be in the same category as paedophiles, Mrs Corbett replied “yes”.
“Paedophiles will be next in line to be recognised in the same way as gays and lesbians and get rights,” she said.
Mrs Corbett said she was not aware of Mr Katter’s views on homosexuality; that her views were personal and did not necessarily reflect the KAP’s official view.
There is no current, credible psychological basis for connecting homosexuality and paedophilia.
Homosexuality was reclassified as a sexual orientation by the American Psychiatric Association in 1973 and paedophilia is a psychiatric disorder.