The saga of Steven Bailey’s Canberra candidacy for Katter’s Australian Party has taken another turn.
Moves within the party to expel Steven for thinking gay marriage wouldn’t be that bad have been rebuffed by the great man himself according to The Australian:
ACT Katter’s Australian Party (KAP) senate candidate Steve Bailey will not be disendorsed, the party’s national executive confirmed after a meeting on Friday.
Mr Bailey has publicly said that he supports gay marriage but one of KAP’s core principals is that marriage is between a man and a woman.
KAP National Director Aidan McLindon says candidates are allowed to voice personal opinions, just not on behalf of the party.
“We have our core values and principles like every political party,” he told reporters at party headquarters in Brisbane.
“People can champion their opinions, but they can’t do it on behalf of the good party.
“Australians know what the party stands for and we’re not going to be distracted by these side issues.”
Mr McLindon had originally asked Mr Bailey to withdraw his candidacy but party leader Bob Katter overrode the decision.