A LIBERAL MP has stunned a NSW inquiry into school ethics classes by asking a witness if she approved of a philosopher who “justified sexual relations between humans and animals”.
Other MPs immediately accused conservative NSW Liberal MP David Clarke of trying to badger Parents4Ethics volunteer Catherine Suttle.
Mr Clarke singled out Ms Suttle at the NSW parliamentary inquiry in Sydney, asking the ethics program coordinator at Sydney’s Randwick Public School if she knew of the Australian bioethicist Peter Singer and whether she had a positive or negative view of his philosophy.
When Ms Suttle admitted she did not know much about Professor Singer, Mr Clarke shocked those at the hearing by asking: “You are aware that he has justified sexual relations between humans and animals?”
“No,” an astonished Ms Suttle said.
She then refused to answer his question about whether she was concerned over such a view.