Bernard Gaynor said today that he intends to fight his suspension from Katter’s Australian Party.
Mr Gaynor said that other candidates or nominees had expressed personal opinions and had not been suspended. Furthermore, he had not ever been counseled about his activity or given an opportunity to respond.
Mr Gaynor also said that he was disappointed to have been suspended for stating an opinion that the party leadership personally supported.
“The last time I spoke to Bob Katter he commended my moral courage. I am disappointed, however, that his party has chosen a politically-correct course of action. The Greens would be very happy with this decision.”
“It also saddens me, as the party’s core values and principles supposedly enshrine a member’s right to act in accordance with their conscience.”
“Furthermore, given personal opinions of other candidates are in today’s press and they have not been suspended, there is clearly an absence of consistency within the party.”
“I might add, I support these comments from Jamie Cavanough, as I know many in the party do. More importantly, I support the freedom for all Australians to express their opinion.”