I had an opportunity today to interview Larissa Waters, the Greens senate candidate for Queensland. She was speaking with Bob Brown about the Greens' proposal for a Coral Sea Marine Reserve. At the end of the conference, I asked her about comments her rival senate candidate Wendy Francis made on Twitter this week (you can see a transcript of an interview with the Family First representative here). I thought readers may be interested in reading Larissa's response:
LARISSA WATERS: Look I think if giving a child a loving home is radical, then guilty as charged. I think those remarks by Wendy Francis were quite unfortunate, and I think they don't represent the vast majority of Queenslanders who think that a child's interests are best served by having a loving home. It doesn't matter if that's a man and a woman, it's about the love and the security that can be provided to the child. I don't think Wendy Francis speaks for the vast majority of people when she expresses those homophobic views, and I expect that the numbers of support she will receive will probably be not much greater than last time, which indicates that the majority of Queenslanders don't share those views.