According to the Herald Sun he wrote: "Just hope that as we
remember Servicemen and women today we remember the Australia they
fought for - wasn't gay marriage and Islamic!"
The comments, he said, came from talking to his 96 year-old father
who is a war veteran.
He later apologised, stating: "Ok you are right my apologies this
was the wrong context to raise these issues. ANZACs mean to (sic)
much to me to demean this day, not intended.
"I'm sitting here with my 96-year-old father, a veteran of
Tobruk," he said. "He's telling me he can't recognise the Australia
he fought for.
"My ill-timed tweet was a comment on the nature of the Australia
(my father) had fought for, and the need to honour that in the way
we preserve it into the future.
"While of course and rightly there have always been gays and
Muslims in Australia, many of whom have fought for the country, the
nature of the country they fought for and arguably what made it
worth fighting for, has been largely drawn from Judeo-Christian
heritage and values.''