Parr sorry for calling couple 'warmongers'
October 30, 2007 07:38am
Article from: AAP
THE Labor candidate for a central Queensland seat has apologised to a couple for calling them "warmongers".
Hervey Bay couple Tom and Rosemary Arthurs told The Australian that Garry Parr insulted them when they approached the Labor candidate at a local shopping centre two weeks ago.
The couple's 41-year-old son Julian Arthurs is currently serving with the British forces in Afghanistan.
Mr Arthurs said they just wanted to have a chat with Mr Parr about Iraq and Afghanistan when they were called "English warmongers".
Mr Parr, who is standing in the Bundaberg-based seat of Hinkler held by Paul Neville for the Nationals, today released a statement on the incident.
"I apologise unreservedly for any hurt caused by my insensitive comments to Tom and Rosemary Arthurs," he said.
"I will be contacting Mr and Mrs Arthurs to offer my personal apology for any offence that I may have caused them during our discussion a fortnight ago.
"In addition, I publicly express my support for all the men and women of the Coalition forces serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, and their families."
Somehow, I don't believe that his apology will make much difference to anything. He's already expressed how he really feels, and that's refreshing for a Labor politician.