Anti-gay Australian MP sparks terror alert after mistaking glitter for actual bomb
Protesters sent glitter to an anti-gay MP in Australia – causing him to trigger a terror alert.
LGBT activist group GetUp sent letters to a hundred MPs and Senators in the country, after the government blocked plans to finally allow same-sex couples to marry.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott threatened to sack any ministers who voted for the equality – and now plans to kick the issue into the long grass by scheduling a public vote for late 2017 or 2018.
The letter sent to government politicians said: “Your party (not the kind you buy glitter for) messed with our plans.
“We’ve had to put those plans on hold – indefinitely by the looks of it, thanks to your party’s abject confusion on the issue. And we’re really not happy about it.”
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MP Craig Laundy, who supported the PM’s decision to ban MPs from voting for equality, calling the police when staff found the letter to him, triggering a terror alert.
He wrote on Facebook: “6 police cars, 6 fire trucks and 1 Hazmat unit… the emergency response today when my staff found a suspicious package in our PO Box was tremendous.
“It has since been discovered that it was a stupid stunt by GetUp. I’m all for organisations making contact with me, but to send any undeclared substance through the mail to the office of a Member of Parliament will inevitably cause alarm and divert important police and emergency services from their critical work.
“Thank you to Burwood LAC – NSW Police Force for their outstanding effort in undertaking a professional response to a grossly irresponsible act.”
However, voters were not amused.
One wrote: “So the next time I get an invitation with glitter in it I should ring emergency sevices…really?
Another added: “Seriously dude, calm down. If anyone is over-reacting and (further) wasting tax payer dollars.. it is you – boasting the amount of emergency services called when there are those who actually NEED these services – shame on you!”
Homophobic lawmakers in Texas were recently warned that glitter protests from gay rights activists pose a ‘health and safety’ risk.