AUSTRALIA: Anti-Gay Pol To Robocall 1M Homes After Bitching About “Invasive” Pro-Gay Text Messages

The Guardian reports:

A robocall in which Cory Bernardi warns marriage equality will lead to “radical gay sex education” is set to target 1m homes. In several interviews on Thursday, Bernardi has confirmed the robo-call campaign slated for South Australia and Victoria, first revealed by Nine News.

He has said that Australian Conservatives will pay for the exercise but declined to confirm its reported cost of $50,000, or five cents a call. Bernardi defended the robocall on Sky News, arguing that because it asks constituents’ opinion of same-sex marriage it is “market research”, which he called the “stock-in-trade of politics”.

In a swipe at the yes campaign, Bernardi claimed the landline robo-calls were “not invasive like sending text messages to unlisted numbers or 12-year-olds telling them how to vote, I’m asking for their opinion”. Last weekend the yes campaign sent millions of text messages urging Australians to “help make history and vote yes for a fairer Australia” which resulted in 170,000 people clicking through to the website.

  • Treant

    As a person who never had children, my opinion is just as valid as yours, ‘parent.’

  • bkmn
    • clay

      Perfect for invisible problems.

  • clay

    Uh, can we go back to the tangerine clown, now?
    No? what he does is actually serious?

    • Tawreos

      We’ll be back to him soon enough, he will sense that we are not paying attention to him and do something stupid or hateful to regain our attention.

  • Tawreos

    I am sure it is just market research. I am also sure that their question will be along the lines of “Do you want to side with god and jesus and all of the puppies and kittens in the world or do you want to side with the evil mean homosexuals that want to rape all of your children and kill the puppies and the kittens?” Yup just plain old market research without telling anyone how to vote.

  • Steve Smith

    Funny how in the mysterious world of the conservatives, treating everyone as equal and worthy of respect translates to “radical sex education”. I think it must be an illness, as nothing else can explain such levels of mean mindedness and selfish behaviour.

    • Tawreos

      They are just pissed that there is an argument at all. So many years of being in charge of everything did not help to sharpen their debating skills and now they are on the back foot trying to learn (poorly) as they go.

    • Goodboy

      Funny how it always comes apart when it’s put in front of the bright lights of truth ie the courts.

  • crewman

    There seems to be a concerted effort to suppress any pro-gay messaging. It’s very putinesque.

  • Ninja0980

    Whether it’s in the US or Australia, the same bigoted dog whistles are always used.

    • Tawreos

      Only the accent changes

      • And perhaps fewer commercials with ominous clouds.

    • Steverino

      It’s the Proposition 8 playbook all over again. As the vote drew near in the final weeks of that campaign back in 2008, the pro-8 ads were all about “gay marriage being taught in the public schools” which of course tipped the vote in favor of Prop 8 with voters saying “I don’t have a problem with gay marriage, but I don’t think this should be taught in the public schools.”

      Fake news in action, again.

      • Goodboy

        Yeah, that worked and it was already legal in CA and the voters could see there was no such problem. Imagine how well it can work when it’s not even on the books yet.

      • vorpal 😼

        LOL we have our “friendly neighborhood” Christian over on another gay rights website,

        He thinks that we devious, nefarious LGBT people will not be happy until every kindergarten student is wearing opposite sex clothing, on transition hormones, and forced to try gay sex to see if they like it.

        And yet when we play even a half-baked game of slippery slope with granting Christian bakers the right to deny LGBT couples under some absurd SSM participation notion, he swears on a stack of bibles that Christians would never use that to discriminate more widely against LGBT people.

        It’s not hard to see that Christian limo drivers, Christian barbers (ha), Christian caterers, Christian wedding dress resellers, etc. could all easily claim that they don’t want to participate in a same-sex wedding (or same-sex “so-called wedding” as they refer to it) and should be able to deny us service.

        • Ninja0980

          Not only them but far right Jews and Muslims as well.
          Contrary to what the bigots claim about us being “afraid” to sue Muslims, there have been several ACLU cases where Muslim cab drivers were sued after they threw same sex couples out of their cabs and tried to cite “religious freedom” as a justification for doing so.
          They lost and rightfully so, just as the cake baker etc. should.
          Because as you said, they’ll start there but won’t end there.
          The fact there have been religious freedoms bills that have mentioned EMTS and police officers is proof of that.

        • olandp

          This all the effort to reinstate Jim Crow, but with the added bonus of including LGBT, Muslims, Jews…

          • Ben in Oakland

            It’s a different world now, though, with the internet and reviews and yelp.
            they may win, but I suspect that they are going to be very unhappy that they got what they wished for.

  • JoeMyGod

    Bernardi’s robocalls are the equivalent of calling 14 million US homes.

    • Tawreos

      Not intrusive at all

    • worstcultever

      jesus marie

    • DaveMiller135

      So just shy of 10% of eligible voters? I don’t like their odds. I mean I do, but…

  • shellback

    Land sakes, such protesting. My prediction: His computer is filled with kiddie porn.

  • PickyPecker
    • Treant

      This is what a face of a man who will be caught face-down on the bed underneath a rent boy looks like.

      • vorpal 😼

        That’s the face of someone who punches the rent boy and then spends an hour crying and scrubbing himself in the shower after.

        And then goes back for seconds the next day.

        • Bad Tom

          But the rent boy says, “Next time you pay triple.”

        • Bob Conti

          Pillow chewer.

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      • Snarkaholic

        Well, that explains the feathers between his teeth!

    • Lawerence Collins

      Looks more like a severe case of being closeted and self loathing to me

  • William

    An angry, surly Australian? Works for me.

    • Nic Peterson

      His face says bossy bottom and that’s how I like them.

      • another_steve

        Nah. Squeals like a little girl.

        I know the type.

        • Tawreos

          But he does look like he would be fun to hate fuck

        • Nic Peterson

          Yuck. That’s a big boner-be-gone scenario.

          • William

            Face down in the pillow.

  • Goodboy

    Here comes all the predictable doomsday sky will fall BS. If only thy had somewhere else to look at for such examples.

  • Nic Peterson

    Is anybody looking for his Grindr account. Pretty sure he has one…

    • Tawreos

      He probably took a page from the Duggar playbook and uses a picture from someone else that is close to what he looks like

      • Hue-Man

        …what he WISHES he looks like

  • The bigots and hateful Christians are all coming out of the woodwork. Only the spray of tolerance and love will scatter these bastards – maybe!

  • another_steve

    Wow. You Aussies reading here: Are you guys as fucked up as we Americans?

    Beginning to sound like it.

    • Gustav2

      Of course, do you think we Americans are exceptional? 😉

    • Tulle Christensen

      both settled by unwanted British, we have a lot in common with the Aussies

      • Tawreos

        Our crazy haters even use the same bullshit arguments

      • Gustav2

        Australia got the P.O.M.E. and we got all the middle children of the aristos.

        Australia got the better deal.

      • another_steve

        If I remember my history correctly, Australia was originally settled by the British as a penal colony. Someplace to dump criminal Brits.

        If they don’t get marriage equality soon, I suggest that Aussies give the continent back to its indigenous peoples and join me for brunch here in Maryland next Saturday.

        • Tulle Christensen

          And we were settled by “criminal” religious folks illegally worshiping their brand of sky fairy. Both unwanted in the isles

          • jerry

            I think most of our problems can still be traced back to the Puritans.

        • Silver Badger

          Much of America’s early settlement came from British jails. Maryland comes to mind.

        • Hue-Man

          Australia got the convicts, Canada got the French, and America got the Puritans.

    • No.

      I’ve forgotten where I read this, but it was being reported yesterday that so far the Yes vote already stands at 76 or 77%.

      • another_steve

        I’m glad to read that, Roger. My man and I have traveled in Australia. A wonderful, kind and giving people – the Australians.

        I’d be surprised and horrified if they went “no” on marriage equality.

        • Well, the final result of the plebiscite (or whatever its nom du jour is) is still not in, though things are looking very promising.

          But don’t forget that whatever the result may be it won’t bind the Parliament, and both the Coalition and Labor have allowed a free vote on ME there. On the other hand, if ME does fail in Parliament that may well hand Labor the election next year. As Turnbull and his gang only have a parliamentary majority of 1, that possibility must already be causing him some sleepless nights.

          We live in interesting times.

  • Steverino

    Of course, it’s older, more conservative voters who tend to still have land lines and answer phone calls.

    • Lizard

      Right? My family hasn’t had a land line in years.

  • HZ81

    God, I will fund 1 million robocalls telling haters to Eat It if our LGBTQ Aussie’s succeed.

    Okay, maybe I’ll contribute, but…

  • worstcultever

    1) We really need to do something about the fascisti using all our communications media to destroy everything

    2) K, enough internet & human nonsense for me this day (already!) Off to do sky and birds and trees for a while. I leave y’all excellent people with a handful of baby bunnies

  • It’s like these doofuses don’t even hear the words coming out of their own mouths.

    This was written today by Tony Abbott, “Left will find Aussies don’t like being told what to do.” Psst, Tony you realize you’re the one telling Aussies what to do and how to live.

  • vorpal 😼

    marriage equality will lead to “radical gay sex education”

    He’s wrong: marriage equality leads to cures for cancer, solar eclipses, people eating chicken, and having Justin Trudeau for prime minister.

    Playing the Christian game of drawing idiotic conclusions is actually kinda fun!

    Oh, and heaven forbid we teach young gay people how to have safe sex. The horrors!

    • olandp

      Anything that leads to Justin Trudeau works for me!

    • ChrisMorley

      Sadly marriage equality hasn’t led to nationwide “radical sex education” in the US, or the UK.
      In the UK we are still fighting for national LGBTQ-relevant sex and relationships education.

      • Franciscan

        Well, sadly, it’s premature to say that we in the U.S. have uniformly achieved marriage equality. Among other things, the Texas Supreme Court has ruled that gay marriage does not confer the same rights and privileges, such as spousal benefits. And there are recalcitrant reptiles running for office in many states.

    • JCF


  • Lizard

    Question: what does “radical gay sex education” look like?

    “You see, children, sometimes a man will find himself attracted to other men, or a woman attracted to other women. It isn’t so different than men being attracted to women. The most important thing is that both people have said it’s okay, and that they’re both old enough to say it’s okay. As long as those conditions are met, it’s our responsibility to respect their decision to be in that relationship.”

    The horror!!! /s

  • j.martindale

    I hate to admit it, but same sex marriage may cause the end of civilization as we know it. After all, after America instituted same sex marriage, it destroyed its government and put an orange clown in the office of the President. (As opposed to the conclusion that Vorpal makes that it will lead to the cure for cancer, etc.)

  • Tawreos

    I wish a reporter would ask him why they have to spend millions of dollars to accomplish god’s will instead of the being himself lifting a finger to do a damn thing.

  • boatboy_srq

    Its always different when THEY do it.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      It is always one set of rules for me and another much harder for thee mentality.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Why are RWNJs always so very angry all the time?

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      It seems they are incapable of feeling any kind of pleasure unless they take someone else’s away then they get angry people aren’t grateful for the theft.

    • Ross

      An old quote: “Right-wingers are angry that somebody, somewhere, and at some time, is having a good time”

    • vorpal 😼

      They are terrified of change. They probably don’t know that it’s because they have privilege, but any change feels like a loss of privilege, which they hence interpret as a form of persecution.

    • Rebecca Gardner
    • Gustav2

      It is sitting on the hard wooden pews when they would rather be in bed.

    • edrex

      because they have a seven year old’s perspective on fairness. if you believe that equity/equality/fairness is a zero sum game, you will always feel the need to compete with others for basic rights. it’s a pretty shitty way to view life.

    • jmax

      I don’t mind the anger, it’s the fucking LIES that they constantly tell. If truth is their enemy, they need to examine their own fucking lives instead of interfering with others.

    • Librarykid

      Repressed desires

    • Danieruw

      Too much winning?

  • Ross

    What is so…interesting about the haters is that they cannot make their argument without lying.

    • jmax

      Should have read yours before I posted the same below : )

    • billbear1961

      Ross, that is ALWAYS the case for rightists.

  • Bad Tom

    Radical Gay Sex Education == Gay People Are Human Beings Who Deserve The Same Rights As Everyone Else

  • worstcultever

    Ok, one last thing, before I shut this puter shit down – THEY SIMPLY WON’T SUCCEED, EVER, in the end. NOBODY CARES about fags n’ dykes living their lives peacefully amongst them, except creepshit paid assholes.

  • Tatonka

    After the referendum, they should appropriate a couple of billion dollars so that the homophobes can sit down with a therapist and figure out what’s really so frightening to them. Hint: It’s something on the inside.

  • Gigi

    Bernardi is a vile POS. I’d love to see the history file on his computer. What kind of sites do you think he visits under the cover of darkness?

    • Tatonka

      You couldn’t pay me enough to touch his DNA-encrusted keyboard to find out.

    • David

      INTERPOL would find his browser history quite interesting also.

  • greenmanTN

    If it weren’t for those like Bernardi people might get the bizarre idea that other people’s relationships aren’t any of their business.

  • Reality.Bites

    The fact that the most visible anti marriage voices are has-beens and never-weres is more important than their words

    It’s as if the only Republican willing to speak against marriage when it was before SCOTUS were Dan Quayle and Eugene Delguadio

  • misterjack

    Who picks up the phone anymore to listen to a junk phone call? Don’t they have voicemail/caller ID in Australia? I rarely listen to voicemail, just return calls from recognized numbers.

    • I don’t even pick up unless it’s someone I know.

  • Circ09

    Ugh. Please tell me Australia isn’t going to let these wankers have their way.

  • Snarkaholic

    Everyone he annoys with his UNSOLICITED calls should have several UNSOLICITED pizzas delivered to his home…at 3 a.m….every night for an entire month.

  • JWC

    The old . “we can do it but will holler bloody murder if done to us”

  • David

    Each and every person harassed by his robo-calls should send him a dildo.

    One million a calls; one million dildos mailed to Cory office.
    He’ll be neck deep in dildos.

    Now that would be awesome.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
  • Hank

    Having just listened to the video and him speaking, I say, that he needs to get Fcked BIG TIME!!!!

  • greenmanTN

    I wish I didn’t have anything better to worry about than other people’s marriages.

  • Desertphile

    “radical gay sex education?” Then I’m all for it! And I’m not even homosexual!

  • Ann Kah

    It only costs a nickel a call? It costs them far more in aggravating the people whose good will he wants. I’m convinced that political robocalls have a net NEGATIVE effect.

  • JCF

    “Thinking a phone call is less invasive than a text message is some boomer ass shit”

    HEY! Who’s done the heavy lifting, for DECADES, to bring you to this point of achieving marriage equality? (It sure AF wasn’t Millenials!)

    —a very cross Boomer for marriage equality