Loree Rudd.
Loree Rudd. Brett Wortman

Rudd's sister backs Katter TV ads

THE Nambour sister of Kevin Rudd has defended a "homophobic" election advertisement by Katter's Australian Party and says she will hand out how to vote cards for the party at the state election.

Loree Rudd, a nurse, defended the controversial anti-gay marriage ad, which she applauded for being "up-front, unsophisticated and unsubtle".

Ms Rudd, who quit the Labor Party last year after it moved to support same-sex marriage, said she did not approve of "the social experiment to normalise homosexuality".

Her comments came yesterday as KAP Noosa candidate Bob Jarvis apologised for his party's ad, which he said had damaged his campaign in the final crucial weeks before the March 24 election.

There has been public outcry against the Katter Party this week for its attacks on LNP leader Campbell Newman over his personal support for same-sex marriage.

Mr Jarvis said he did not agree with same-sex marriage but did not approve of the advertisement which has caused offence.

"I am really sorry that people were offended by it," Mr Jarvis said.

"I don't think you should put an ad on TV that offends people."

Ms Rudd said the "homosexual campaign" was "subtle, clever, sophisticated, organised, financially wealthy and wants to go as slow as possible to achieve its end: control of the minds of future generations".

She admired the Katter Party for its "straight approach" with its ad, which shows two implicitly gay men who are shirtless and of distinctly different ages.

One man has his arm around the other and the picture is peculiarly pixelated at the abdomen.

The ad asks: "Is a vote for Campbell Newman a vote for gay marriage?"

"It never ends with civil unions, however well intentioned the reasons for supporting them are," Ms Rudd said. "It always ends up with taking over the thinking of children in schools and homes."

Mr Jarvis said he was angered at not having been shown the ad before it aired.

He said it was intended to be interpreted as an attack on Mr Newman's "hypocrisy" but conceded it could be read as an attack on gay people.

"I just think it was stupid," he said.

Ms Rudd said she did not want to vote for Labor at the state election because she did not support its views on civil unions and same-sex marriage.

She refuses to support the LNP because she said Mr Newman had conflicting views about the issue and she did not trust the party to revoke civil unions.

She said the issue was about trying to ensure that the policy on same-sex unions does not become law in Australia.

"Bob Katter seemed the only person and party where it was unequivocal," she said.

Ms Rudd declared she would vote for KAP candidate Matthew Smith at the election and has offered to hand out how to vote cards for him.

Mr Smith, who is contesting the seat of Nicklin, said he was buoyed by the support of a large number of people he had met.



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