ABC news, 14 February 2015
Dave Tollner should apologise over ‘gay slur’ or be dumped from Cabinet, says gay rights group
NT News printed edition, 14 February 2015
“Apologise Dave, comments take toll says group”
An advocacy group is calling on Minister David Tollner to publicly apologise following homophobic comments he made in August. Rainbow Territory, an NT community group advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people, said the comments contributed to the disproportionate levels of mental health issues, discrimination and harassment the LGBTIQ community experienced. Mr Tollner took leave in April but was reinstated as treasurer this week. Rainbow Territory’s Jane Black has called on the Giles government to affirm its respect for LGBTIQ citizens. “When government leaders make homophobic or other disrespectful remarks..its creates the perception that such comments are acceptable. This is not good enough” she said.