The 29-year-old composer and theatre director, Steven Bailey, told Fairfax Media that the party’s national director, Aidan McLindon, called him on Friday morning and asked him to reconsider both his position on gay marriage and his candidacy.
Mr Katter had endorsed Mr Bailey to run for one of the two Senate seats in the ACT.
”I won’t be stepping down,” Mr Bailey said. ”It’s a decision the party has to make.”
Mr McLindon confirmed he had instructed Mr Bailey to resign.
‘‘I was directed by the president to call Steven Bailey this morning to ask if he could step down of his own accord given that his position on marriage was in direct conflict with the Katter Australia Party’s core values and principles.”
On another note SimSim had questioned Steven’s theatrical credentials to which Steven gchatted me this not an hour ago:
Hey John, that fellow who has never heard of me before might do well to know that I’ve been commissioned to score a bloody opera in Hong Kong for this March; have managed two operas in Canberra and having just staged a play at Narrabundah College in November last year.