Candidate drops out of election over nude photos on gay sites
An Australian campaigner for family values has been dumped as a candidate by the Family First Party after nude photos of him were discovered on gay websites.
Although Andrew Quah, 22, admitted that it was possible he had posed for two of the images, he claimed that a third had been digitally manipulated.
Several websites are running the pictures, with one describing him as “Australia’s Smallest Loser.”
“That’s not my penis,” he said.
“Look, maybe somebody photoshopped it, and put another one on the photo. I can tell you, it’s not me.
I know these things. But really, I can’t remember.”
Quah also maintained that the circulation of the photos was an attempt by political opponents to sabotage his career.
“I might have been drunk off my face, or my political enemies might have drugged me,” Quah said.
“It was a mistake that I would not have committed had I been of right mind. All I know, I have been humiliated.”
Quah, who was a candidate for the seat of Reid in mid-western suburbs of Sydney, has also confessed to downloading porn from the internet within the past two weeks.
In the run-up to the federal elections on 24th November, the scandal has been a huge setback for Family First, whose policies emphasise socially conservative family values, including a campaign against internet pornography.
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Although officially secular, many of the party’s candidates come from conservative Christian backgrounds.
Founded in 2002, the party has had limited electoral success, and only has one member in the federal parliament, a Senator.
They are opposed to a range of gay rights measures, such as same-sex marriage or civil unions and gay adoption.
A spokeswoman for the party, Felicity de Fombelle, said that Quah has been expelled because he “does not share the party’s values.”
Quah has since offered an apology saying, “I hope that this does not reflect on the membership of the Family First Party – decent, hardworking and dedicated people.
“And I hope that my behaviour will not reflect badly on my colleagues and friends who share the desire to make Australia the best place in the world to raise a family.”