Queensland election: Pauline Hanson won’t dump candidate over jokes on sex shop Facebook page
Pauline Hanson says she will not disendorse a One Nation candidate after jokes about domestic violence were found on the Facebook page of his sex shop.
Mark Thornton, the candidate for Thuringowa, owns the Cupids Cabin Adult Shop in Townsville, which has a number of explicit posts on its Facebook page.
One post by the business reads: “Good sex should be in the gray area between tickle fight and domestic violence.”
Others make crude jokes about oral sex.
When asked about the posts, Mr Thornton said his partner ran the Facebook page.
“I haven’t seen that mate, but it probably comes back to your 50 Shades of Grey type,” he told journalists.
Mr Thornton said he did not manage the business, before Senator Hanson stopped the media pack’s questioning of the candidate.
“I’m actually not aware of this,” she said.
“I need to have a look at this and then I will be talking to Mark about this.”
‘It’s not wrong’, Hanson says
Two hours later Ms Hanson told the media her candidate would not be dumped over the Facebook post.
“If I think something is wrong, I will do something about it but in this case it’s not wrong,” she said.
She said she had the support of the party’s deputy leader Sam Cox, but had not been able to reach party leader Steve Dickson.
“I am not backing down from this, and I’m not disendorsing Mark,” she said.
She accused the media of trying to get a “gotcha moment”.
The Facebook page was taken down about two hours after the press conference.
Dianne Mangan, outgoing chief executive from domestic violence victim support group DVConnect, said the post was unacceptable.
“For people to think that this could go unchallenged now is idiocy,” she said.
“Why put your position as a political person in jeopardy?
“This is the very thing that advocates for child safety and domestic violence are very concerned about; the legitimising of violence against women and children.”
Queensland Domestic Violence Prevention Minister Shannon Fentiman described the comments as “disgusting and dangerous”.