A mock gay marriage survey form was dropped in hundreds of letterboxes asking if their local MP was a ‘weird virgin’.
The form targeted federal Liberal member Ian Goodenough, who represents suburbs in northern Perth, for his public support for the ‘no’ vote.
Residents were asked ‘is Ian Goodenough a weird virgin?’ and instructed to mail their ‘survey’ to his electorate office in Joondalup.
A mock gay marriage survey form was dropped in hundreds of Perth letterboxes asking if their local federal Liberal MP Ian Goodenough (pictured) was a ‘weird virgin’
The form looked almost exactly like the real survey sent out in September, except it was purportedly sent by the ‘Australian Bureau of Awful MP’s (sic)’
The form looked almost exactly like the real survey sent out in September, except it was purportedly sent by the ‘Australian Bureau of Awful MP’s (sic)’.
It continued to mock Mr Goodenough in other parts of the survey by replacing the fine print with a series of jokes at his expense.
‘If you think the Liberal Party have made a mistake by giving this human embodiment of wet toast preselection for our beautiful electorate, write to them,’ it read.
‘I just really dislike this guy. How did he get pre-selection? Have you met this guy? I’ve met a hat stand with more personality.
‘Ian Goodenough is a spiteful zealot. We deserve better. He ain’t Goodenough.’
The form also took aim at the 42-year-old’s membership of the evangelical Globalheart Church, calling it a cult.
Mr Goodenough was not amused by the fake survey, citing it as an example of how ‘nasty’ the gay marriage debate got during the postal vote
‘For more information, research the cult favoured by Goodenough,’ it read.
Listed under the ‘a response may not be valid’ section was ‘you have no autonomy and are merely a puppet of the Globeheart (sic) Church’.
Mr Goodenough was not amused by the fake survey, citing it as an example of how ‘nasty’ the gay marriage debate got during the postal vote.
‘It is an example that the same sex marriage debate has got very personal, abusive, and nasty at times,’ he told the Joondalup Times.
He drew heavy criticism for his opposition to same-sex marriage after he posted a photo of himself mailing his ‘no’ vote, but said he was ‘comfortable’ with his position.
‘Thankfully, whilst I have been on the receiving end of some abuse, the occurrences have not been too frequent,’ he said.
Mr Goodenough believed ‘many mainstream families’ agreed with him as he claimed it was a ‘fairly commonly held view’ in his ‘suburban electorate’.
The MP’s position was further highlighted when a girl at a school in his electorate, Grace Gouldstone, 17, (pictured) refused an award he sponsored
He, said he would vote in favour of changing the law if the survey came back ‘yes’, with results to be released on Wednesday.
However, he said the law mus protect ‘the rights, freedoms, and liberties of a significant proportion of the population to dissent, express contrary views, and abstain from involvement with same sex marriage’.
The MP’s position was further highlighted when a girl at a school in his electorate refused an award he sponsored.
Grace Gouldstone, 17, returned the Ian Goodenough Award for positive attitude and contribution to Duncraig Senior High School, saying his values were at odds with it.
‘[It] does not reflect the values of our school as a positive and inclusive environment, promoting equality for all. As such, I reject his award,’ she said.
The form also took aim at the 42-year-old’s membership of the evangelical Globalheart Church (pictured), calling it a cult
Mr Goodenough has in the past been accused by his own colleagues of stacking Liberal Party branches with church members to install evangelical Christians as MPs.
WA state MPs Albert Jacob and Jan Norberger are both members of the hardline Pentecostal church.
The church’s Globalheart Leadership College also drew controversy for unusual conditions placed on students.
They must talk to the principal before dating a fellow student, abstain from homosexuality, and accept that speaking in tongues will be part of baptisms.
Its student handbook mentioned the ‘punishment of the wicked through eternal torment’, the ‘personality’ of the devil and the ‘imminent and personal return of Lord Jesus Christ’.