'Hateful' flyer sparks inquiry

Written By miftah nugraha on Rabu, 01 Mei 2013 | 19.55

TASMANIA Police have been asked to investigate "hateful" pamphlets being distributed in the southern electorate of Nelson.

The Mercury understands about 3400 of the pamphlets – claiming to contain "homosexual stats" -- have been distributed since Monday.

Tasmanian Electoral Commissioner Julian Type today said he deemed the pamphlets to be in direct contravention of the Electoral Act.

"The material is hateful," he said.

"I have asked police to conduct an investigation and the matter has been raised with the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner."

Mr Type said the pamphlets were clearly classed as electoral material because gay and lesbian rights had become a major issue in the Upper House poll.

The pamphlet, which is not authorised, compares the lifespans of homosexuals to others with different sexual preferences.

Greens candidate for Nelson Tom Baxter, who alerted the Mercury to the pamphlet, said he believed it was homophobic.

He said it quoted so-called "death statistics" for lesbians and gays.

"This is yet another argument for Parliament to send a strong message against homophobia like this by supporting marriage equality," Mr Baxter said.

Voters will go to the polls in Nelson, Pembroke and Montgomery on Saturday.

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